INTEGRITY

Get a Grip

I believe in a person holding themselves accountable. In moving toward more accountability, we must recognize that we are responsible to God for what we do and what we neglect. Some do not share my faith stance, however, the majority of people do believe there is a power greater than self. Whether we are wasteful and dishonest or frugal and truthful, we are responsible for our actions. Whatever we do eventually catches up with us.

Get a grip on who God is in your life, and keep that footing firm because false teachers will try to fool you. Have you ever grabbed on to something? Getting a grip on an object is different from holding it or having it. To hold on to God, you need balance.

A balance scale has a beam in the center with two pans suspended at opposite sides. You put objects on both sides to judge any difference in weight. You add or take away from one side to create balance. Weights are imprinted with their amounts. You use the weight that you judge to most closely fit what you are measuring. As a Christian, you are imprinted with Christ. Is your imprint accurate? If you were a little shady, you would use a mislabeled weight. The weight might say five pounds when you know it’s only four. A false balance does not delight God, and 2 Thessalonians 2:12 warns that those who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness will be condemned.

The spiritual weights we use must be accurately marked. Proverbs 16:11 helps us see that honest scales and balances are from the Lord. Anything we use is from God, therefore all the weights in the bag are of his making. But how do you get a grip on God and keep it? You must maintain your integrity.

We must weigh our own thoughts and actions; that’s integrity. Weigh them so that we stay focused on pleasing the Lord rather than having to make corrections or apologize later. Be aware of the balance between God and yourself. Are you measuring up to his standard? You certainly cannot measure him against yourself. It’s you who must measure up. Balanced against the blessings God has given you, how do you measure up? You will find God’s favor if you give him credit and maintain an intimate relationship with him. Evaluate what is in your bag of weights and measures.

You must always have integrity. That’s honesty, uprightness, and reliability. A just weight can be depended on for accuracy. You must also keep a just balance. You must possess poise and stability. Your equilibrium must be centered with Christ as your balance beam. Remember your teachings. Walk with integrity. “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). When you call yourself a Christian, family, friends, and coworkers are watching to see how you measure up.

Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Your relationship with the Lord is what it is. You should not overemphasize loving the Lord to the point of being phony either. The ones closest to you discern your sincerity. Proverbs 20:23 says, “The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.” You must rely on a steady standard: the Bible, with its account of the life of Christ. To use any other standard is disgusting to God. Have you ever been disgusted? Would you want God to feel that way about you? Do what you must to bring him delight. Don’t delight in wickedness. Get a grip on God, then keep that grip.

Taken from pages 35-36, “Get a Grip,” Beyond Discipleship to Relationship, B. A. F. Brehon, Westbow Press, 2014.

And so we grow … grow in grace, which is God’s special favor. www.barbaraafbrehon.com

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