The blessings of living with integrity far outweigh the “benefits” of living without it. “Integrity” is being honest and having strong moral principles. Sadly, there have been far too many times in my life when I lived without it. I was driven by following my desires–which I mistook as the path to joy–and allowed my desires to override my integrity.

How foolish!

I remember–oh so well–the chains of fear and misery which accompanied my lack of integrity. Any “joy” I obtained by trying to fulfill my desires while abandoning integrity dissolved like a sand castle as the next wave of anxiety would roll over my heart. I didn’t realize that if I wanted the blessings of peace and security for myself and my children—I would need to make choices based on integrity. Why?  These are God’s blessings.

We can’t obtain God’s blessings by cheating on God’s rules because God can’t be cheated.

This may seem harsh but—we are a fool if we believe otherwise.

The book of Proverbs offers much insight into God’s blessings for those who choose to live with integrity. “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9‬) “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”(Proverbs 11:3‬) “The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!” (Proverbs 20:7‬) “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.” (Proverbs 3:1-2)

The world has turned it’s back on God and it works very hard to convince us to do the same by bombarding us with false promises through advertising, entertainment, political spin, peers, social media, etc. and so, it’s not surprising that we believe that forsaking integrity will give us joy! We are persuaded by the sheer magnitude of popular opinion because we believe that if everyone else looks so happy doing what’s wrong.

Don’t be like me and have to hit rock bottom before realizing God’s way is the ONLY way to obtain His greatest blessings. As we seek the integrity of God’s way, we find His blessings are the kind money can’t buy—peace, security, wisdom, love and—the purest of joy! 

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