It is important that we live an honest life before God and man. So many people today have compromised their integrity and have formed their own idea of “honesty and truthfulness” depending on what their actions were and who they are answering to. What we must realize is that our integrity is worth far more than any mistake, sin or shortfall. When we take responsibility for our actions there will be no need for us to lie about it or hide it as if it never happened. Our truthfulness of our past failures will be a testimony of God’s mercy and grace because He accepts us no matter how many wrongs we have made in our life. The Bible declares in Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” When we walk in integrity we are preserving our own life. We are protected when we walk upright. We are blessed when we do the right things even when no one else is watching. The Lord who sees all things done openly and in secret rewards, protects, blesses and lifts up every soul who walks uprightly before Him. (Matthew 6:1-4) (Galatians 6:7-10)
This life is too short to live it in darkness. Doing the wrong things and expecting to receive a blessing in return do not go hand-in-hand. What we should remember and keep in mind is that we will reap exactly what we have sown. Whether good or bad we will receive what we have given. That is why I want you to take this message to heart and do the things that will return a blessing into your life and elevate it higher than you have ever thought or imagined would be possible. Walking on the right path, doing the right things, living with good character are all sure and proven ways to bless our life. (Ephesians 6:2-9) (Romans 2:7-11)
No matter what mistakes you have made know that God wipes your slate clean when you come to Him in repentance.. Don’t carry that burden, don’t hinder your future, but with faith filled confidence know that God will use every past mistake to be a living witness to the great change that God can make in the lives of those who trust in Him. Live rightly, speak truth, treat others as you would want to be treated and use each new day that you are blessed enough to see to become better and wiser so that your life and your legacy will be significant upon this earth. (Romans 12:9-10) (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always walk uprightly doing the right things that will bring back a blessing to your own life.
For those who aren't familiar with the story of George Washington and the cherry tree, let me give you the 30 second version. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was known for his truthfulness, even as a child. The story tells that young George chopped down a cherry tree and when his father asked him about it, he told his father the truth. George was not punished because of his truthfulness. You can figure out the moral of the story.
Now, imagine if this happened in today's world . . .
“George Washington, did You chop down the cherry tree?”
“I think you are lying.”
“No, no, no! I swear I did Not chop down the cherry tree.”
“Son, I saw you out here with your axe. Your punishment will be much worse for you if you lie. Now, tell me the truth!”
“Dad, I answered your question truthfully. Still, I must take complete responsibility for all my actions. While my answer was legally accurate, I did not volunteer information.”
“Indeed, Dad, I did cause the cherry tree to be lying on the ground. To do this was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.”
“I know my answer to you gave a false impression. I misled you, my own father. I deeply regret that.”
“I can only tell you I was motivated by many factors. First, by a desire to protect myself from the embarrassment of my own conduct.”
“I was also very concerned about protecting Mom from this shock.”
“What I did, Dad, was use a saw to cause the cherry tree to fall. Only after the tree was already down did I go get my axe to chop off individual branches.”
“So, I chopped off branches, but sawed down the tree. Look at the saw cut on the stump and the axe cuts on the branches. Therefore, legally, I told the truth.”
“I ask you to turn away from the spectacle of this fallen tree and to return our attention to a solid family relationship.”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 15:1-2 “LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Psalm 34:11-16 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”
Psalm 37:16-20 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”
Psalm 119:10-16 “With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD: teach me Thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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