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Integrity is not the same as Knowing the Rules

August 11, 2013

I got this few paragraphs from a book I’ve been reading and I thought to share with us. It breaks down integrity and the need for us to live who we say we are:

“Our problem generally is not that we don’t know the rules, but that we don’t live what we already know. A man is being tailgated by a woman who is in a hurry. He comes to an intersection, and when the light turns yellow, he hits the brakes. The woman behind him goes ballistic. She honks her horn at him; she yells her frustration in no uncertain terms; she rants and gestures.

While she is in mid-rant, someone taps on her window. She looks up and sees a policeman. He invites her out of her car and takes her to the station where she is searched and fingerprinted and put in a cell. After a couple of hours, she is released, and the arresting officer gives her her personal effects, saying, “I’m very sorry for the mistake, ma’am. I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, using bad gestures and bad language. I noticed the ‘What would Jesus do?’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ licence plate holder, the ‘Follow m to Sunday School’ window sign, the Christian fish emblem on your trunk, and I naturally assumed you had stolen the car.”

The world gets pretty tired of people who have Christian bumper stickers on their cars, Christian books on their shelves, Christian stations on their radios, Christian jewelry around their necks, Christian videos for their kids, and Christian magazines for their coffee tables but don’t actually have the life of JEsus in their bones or the love of Jesus in their hearts.”

Integrity is believing what is right, saying what we believe, and doing what we say; consistency from the beginning to the end of the line! We should do it!

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true,

I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

Abraham Lincoln

ReferenceWhen the Game is over, it all goes back in the BOX. (John Ortberg, 2007)

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6 Comments
  1. foxygeorgewill@yahoo.co.uk permalink

    Tanx once more, reminded me in anoda angle of an italian saying that touched my heart- “when d game is over d king n d pawn goes into d same box.” No matter d part we play we will give account,
    Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone provided by Airtel Nigeria.

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  2. Jjf permalink

    Perhaps, most people know what is good and expected of them. I believe most normal people like to be not just hearers of the Word but doers as well. But then comes the will power to do what we believe is good.
    The Bible tells us in clear terms that no one can please God unless the Father Himself gives them the grace. This then equates most mortals with the Apostle Paul when he expressed how he keeps failing to the good he knows he should and doing the evil he should eschew. See what he says in Rom. 7:19, 24: For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practicse.
    O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
    Those car stickers, those boisterous pronouncements are from the hearts but the pressure of the fless make most professed Christians fail in practical terms.

    I think we should just pray that the Father grants us the enabling grace to win the battle with the flesh so that we can easily do (practicse) what we profess. So help us God

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  3. Deolly permalink

    This is simply true. Thanks.

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  4. So True! We are called to be the light, not jus to speak or preach about the light.

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  5. Preach to me ni….
    A word in season this is, a beautiful reminder that my life style and words must be in sync daily!

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  6. bola Fabayo permalink

    A beautiful reminder of Matthew chapter 5 vs 16 ” let your ligth so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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