I am continuing today on the topic of integrity. Today we are dealing with integrity in our relationships. Check out last week’s blog for personal integrity here.
Let me preface by saying that the integrity I have came the ugly way, by making mistake after mistake and sin after sin. Ugly. I want it to be clear that I don’t write about integrity from a position of purity, but from a posture of humility. I am passionate about this area of ministry in every believer’s life because I know that if I can do it ANYBODY can do it through the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:13).
With that being said, YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PEOPLE YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY. Yep, I said it and I’m not taking it back. If you surround yourself with negative people, corrupt people, perverted people one of two things will happen to you:
1. You will become just like them
2. Your mind will begin to tolerate what God calls intolerable.
The body of Christ is filled with “birds that flock together”. All the liars know each other. All the cheaters do too. They run in packs like wolves in the wilderness. They operate in cohorts. King David is familiar with this kind of life. He slept with Bathsheba, had her husband killed, and attempted to move on like none of it happened.
David could not do that by himself. His servants helped him by not reminding him that he was the King of Israel and God’s appointed man. His commander Joab assisted him in Uriah’s death without hesitation. It took the prophet Nathan, a man with integrity, to confront David about his sinful behavior. The result is Psalms 51, the moving and passionate prayer of repentance by God’s chosen man.
I thank God for David’s ability to humble himself and confess his sins to God so that he could receive forgiveness of his sins, but he didn’t stop there. Approximately 50 chapters later David writes Psalms 101. Verse 6 was David’s insurance policy that he would never fall in to that type of behavior again. He writes these words:
I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.
Do you see? In order for David to walk out the kind of life he wanted to walk in he had to surround himself with people of integrity. It’s time to check your life internally and see who and what it’s matching externally. It may be time to let somebody off at the next stop. You can live better and do better if you want to. You can find someone who wants to live and walk in character and integrity. No excuses! David said he would SEARCH for faithful people to be his companions! You can find them, the Holy Spirit can help.
I usually don’t have blogs this long, but once again, I am passionate and adamant about THIS! Surround yourself with failures and you will fail. Surround yourself with greatness and you will be great.
Have a great week!