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This is part of a leadership series on the theme of integrity
Integrity – the direct opposite quality of hypocrisy – is the quality that people want most in a leader. Clearly, the Pharisees and teachers of the law in Jesus’ day failed to live up to that standard. When we talk about integrity today, we generally use other, closely related terms such as ethics and morality. But a clear understanding of the concept of integrity requires clear thinking about …
God, I recognize that I did not determine the circumstances of my birth, my abilities, my opportunities, my pathway. It is You who have called and chosen me for Your inscrutable purposes. My times are in Your hands, and during this season of my temporal sojourn as a pilgrim, a wayfarer and a stranger, I know that You are working all things together for my greatest good. You see what I cannot see—the outcome—and You have called me to be faithful to the process and look to You for …
This is part of a leadership series on the theme of integrity.
In John 18, a cohort of 600 armed soldiers comes to arrest Jesus and have their own traumatic encounter with holiness:
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they …
Hope in the Bible is concerned with the promises of God; hope in the world is concerned with the promises of the world. Don't hope for what God does not promise. Don't let it consume your life or motivate you. Don't make your joy dependent on it. We don't jettison the temporal; we just don't put our hope in it.
"O Lord, You have searched me and known me" (Psalm 139:1). As he reflects on the omniscience of God, David is overwhelmed by the truth that God has thoroughly exposed him and intimately knows him. The same is true of us: God has "mined" us to the depths of our being, and His knowledge besieges us all around ("You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me"). He knows our actions, our words, our thoughts, and our motives. Such knowledge is overwhelming, not only because it is …