Integrity is an inside-out issue!

Grabbed an apple the other day… it looked delicious! I bit into it… first bite seemed ok… second bite? Well, it was a disaster … it was rotten inside! What a disappointment!

Thought about that is morning as I read these words from Proverbs 11…

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them… The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.” (from Proverbs 11:3-6 ESV)

Jesus said much the same thing another way…

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” (Matthew 12:33–35 ESV)

Good stuff… integrity… righteousness… is an inside-out issue! Lord help me take care of my interior person! I want to nurture it! I want to let God scrub it every day! I want to program it with the truth of God’s word! Integrity… inside-out! Oh Lord, work it in my life!

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