Sunday, October 23, 2016

Integrity: God’s Power for You to Be True to Yourself and Him

Integrity: God’s Power for You to Be True to Yourself and Him

Christian integrity is the honest intent of the heart that pleases God. It is grounded in the understanding of who one is and to whom one belongs, and then bearing a true witness to that identity in thought, word and deed regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

Too often our thoughts, words, and deeds are full of ourselves…not leaving much room for God and others. But when you empty yourself, there is room for God to fill you. In Matthew 5, Jesus shares many blessings with his disciples. For example, blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. While the fulfillment of many of the Lord’s promises will take place in the future, Jesus shares a blessing that is present now: "Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." That is, for those who recognize their emptiness in Spirit, God is mercifully present in Christ.
We said our goodbyes to the CCLS and the community in Kawete. We visited the home of Stuart and emptied our bags, sharing school supplies and gifts with the students at CCLS Uganda. When asked the question: "Who are you?" The whole assembly shouted, "I am a child of God." When we begin to think of each other in this truth, our words and deeds will soon follow. This community has taught me a lot about character over the last week and they are engraved in my heart and mind. 

For that I’m truly blessed.

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