Integrity (Keeping our Word)

Psalm 15

”I will call you tomorrow. Let’s meet for coffee this week. Come over for dinner at ours soon. I will send you that, give you the information you need, donate that.” 

How many words do we say daily that we don’t really mean? What about the promises we give and know we can’t accomplish? 

Integrity hurts, it’s unpopular at times and puts us in awkward situations.

I am learning, I am really learning to say ’no’ or ’yes’ and I mean it.

People do react when they hear what they don’t want to hear, but it’s better, to be honest, a person of integrity than popular for saying what people want to hear but not deliver. 

Honesty is telling the truth inside and outside ourselves.  

In today’s psalm, we see that ’mouth’ is at the top of the list when it comes to having a continuing fellowship with God and others. It’s about speaking the truth in love, it’s about not slandering and putting down people, it’s about not putting mud on our neighbour’s faces, it’s about keeping our word even when it hurts or it’s no longer a benefit to us. 

I know that all this is hard, trust me, my mouth gets me in trouble more than anything else does, but we are saved by grace not by list keeping, so we invite that grace, Jesus to help us to be people of integrity and excellence.

He was the only one who meant what he said and said what he meant, he kept his word even when it hurt, yes even tasting death.

He is able to help us become people of integrity and exellence and add no guilt or sorrow through the process. 

(see Proverbs 11:3, Proverbs 12:22, 2 Corinthians 8:21)