Perfect Integrity

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil. “ Job 1:2-3 HCSB

I have a file folder filled with letters and notes from people who have sent me messages of appreciation or encouragement over my 40 years in ministry. When I am discouraged, I sometimes read through a few of these to help me regain my confidence. No matter how wonderful these messages may be, they pale in comparison to being a called a “man of perfect integrity” by God.

Integrity is certainly one of my highest values. Nothing irritates me any more than someone questioning my honesty or integrity. One of the things I remember my father saying is, “You are only as good as your word.” Even though I have tried to live my life by this principle, I would never classify myself as having perfect integrity.

God was proud of Job, who consistently ran away from evil, and even boasted to Satan about his high level of integrity. Having perfect integrity means that one always makes the right choice and does what is holy and ethical. We should all strive to be people of perfect integrity.

Challenge: How would God describe your level of honesty and integrity? Would others or God say you have perfect integrity? What can you do to fear God and turn away from evil? Strive to live in a way that God is pleased and honored by your actions.

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