Our integrity matters. What we say, how we live, the choices we make affect others. We need to be certain that we are living in the way that brings honor and glory to God. People are watching and our choices often impact their choices.
“Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider. Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.” Proverbs 20:16-21
So, what is the takeaway from these verses?
Make sure your actions don’t turn into a mouth full of gravel
Put people around you who will give you good advice and then follow it.
You don’t have to tell everything you know. The best way to deal with situations is to pray first.
Speak honorably about your parents. It says a lot about you.
Don’t be interested in the stuff your family leaves behind. Be interested in your family.
Live a life of integrity.
Lord, please help me to place my feet right behind Your feet and follow You in my words and actions. Help me to live the kind of life that others can see You.