Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 12, 2018
Truthful lips be established forever.
Do the people who really know you see you as a person of integrity?
When they describe you, do they talk about your truthfulness
and trustworthiness? Are they inclined to believe and heed what you say
when they need counsel?
We live in a culture that tends to obscure the facts and deny reality.
People say one thing but really believe another; and it seems that everyone
has his or her own version of what is right. It can be difficult to
know whom to trust and whom to listen to. But the reality is that the
truth does not have versions, and integrity is a major issue in the eyes
of God. His desire is that we would be people who represent Him well,
with honesty, transparency, dependability, and hearts set on doing what
is right. He wants us to be the kind of people who speak the truth in
love-not to wound, but so others can be set free and healed ( Hebrews 12:13).
Friend, it is so frustrating when others won't listen to us, but often
we teach them to do so by lacking integrity in our interactions with
them. Is this the case for you? Do others treat you as less than trustworthy?
Begin changing that today by being a person of your word, but
also by being a person of God's Word. To build and maintain your integrity,
submit yourself to the Lord and walk in righteousness. Don't protect
yourself with dishonesty; instead, arm yourself with the Sword of
the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Surround yourself with honorable
people and learn from them. Trust the Lord in everything you do,
and confess your failures. In this way, God will establish you as a person
people can count on for truth and good counsel.
Lord, I want to be a person of integrity. Help me to walk in Your
truth so others can count on me so I can represent You well.