Sunday, March 4, 2007

Pray for Your Beloved ~ Integrity

Webster's 1828 dictionary defines integrity as: "The entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but has a special reference to uprightness in mutual dealings, transfers of property, and agencies for others.

It has been said that the true test of character is how we behave when no one is watching. The believer knows however, that someone (God), is always watching. Integrity entails more than how we behave when *no one* is watching, it specifically refers to how we behave in dealing with others. God desires for men who belong to Him to walk in uprightness and honesty. He thought so much of Job, that He directed Satan's attention to him. "And the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.'" Job 2:3 ESV (emphasis, mine).

How often do we hear someone talk about Christians and they are derogatory, because the people they have come into contact with have been dishonest, or disloyal, or any number of negative things. How this must grieve the heart of God. Everyone admires a man of true integrity, and yet, they are rare. This week, I want to encourage you to pray for you husband to be a man of integrity. Many Christian men have good intentions, but often life gets in the way of them following through, and thus, exhibiting true integrity. Pray that God would enable them to be more than good intentions, but that they would be men who follow through. Pray that they would have integrity in every area of their lives; at home, at church, at work. Pray you husband would be characterized by integrity; that when people think of him they would think of someone who is morally sound, pure, incorruptible, upright and honest.

"The righteous who walks in his integrity - blessed are his children after him!" Proverbs 20:7 ESV What a precious things that our husband's integrity brings blessings on our children! This is something that even non-Christians can recognize. Whether your husband is a believer or not, pray for his integrity. The effects will be far-reaching.


Stacy McDonald said...
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Stacy McDonald said...

Thank you for this reminder, Tracy. This was really good. Sometimes we can focus on what our husbands are doing wrong and forget that we MUST be praying for them - especially if we see a character issue. Our husbands need prayer!