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Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins….Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, lord, is in you.
Psalm 25:17-18, 20-21
We all backslide from time to time—that’s what keeps us from truly demonstrating our perfectness in and of God, and it separates us from leading beautifully spiritual lives in complete peace and harmony. Our character is a key component. How do we live our lives? How do we treat ourselves and others? How do we speak to and about ourselves and other people? What kind of relationship do we have with God? Is it genuine or conditional?
What does it mean to you to live with integrity?
What responsibilities do you think come with being a person of integrity?
To be upright, you must live your life as a good steward of your thoughts and of the blessings you receive. Seeds may appear in your mind, but you determine whether they are planted, watered, take root, and grow. Your thoughts aren’t to control you; you are to control your thoughts. You’re to cast away lies with truth and defer to God when you know something is beyond your comprehension or ability.
Through uprightness, the words that come out of your mouth must be said in love and respect, with grace and dignity—first to God and then to His creations. Your actions must be aligned with your thoughts and words. So God should not see recklessness, carelessness, and abandonment in your actions.
It’s not man that saves, heals, protects, or uplifts. It’s God. It’s through and by God that man can do great things. Stop substituting and falling short.
If you truly invest your hope in Him and choose a life of integrity and uprightness, ask God to realign you, lift you up out of your current situation, and place you into the realm of His joy—accepting with that all of the responsibilities expected of you.
Ask, and you shall receive.
Hold on to hope!
Father forgive me, help me, cleanse me, heal me, hold me, comfort me, protect me, uplift me—save me from myself, save me from those who would do me harm, save me from harming others. Free me from my fears, turn me away from the negative influence of others; rescue me from my ego and pride. My hope is in You. Please realign me and teach me to master my thoughts, help me to untangle my bad habits, to replace them with what is acceptable to You. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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