Guarding Our Integrity

From Mark 8:34-35:  “He called the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.'”

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Speaking the truth, God places high value

Encouraging righteous and honest ways

Teaching us to guard our integrity

Honoring our Father, each word He says

 

Accepting our Lord’s lasting gift of Grace

Seeing the Messiah, a blood-stained Cross

Taking a knee, He breathes new life in us

Cleansing souls, we are taken across

 

Denying ourselves with unselfishness

Taking up our own cross, following Him

Committing ourselves to Jesus, the Christ

Standing against temptation, life not dim

 

Acknowledging our mistaken moments

Confessing unrighteousness to the Lord

Repenting for unholy thoughts, words, and deeds

Turning away, sin no longer ignored

 

Believing the truth of our Father’s Word

Abiding with our Lord’s Holy commands

Walking between the lines, never blurry

Following Christ’s faithful steps, in the sands

 

Filling our lives with righteous character

Dwelling with the Father, avoiding strife

Knowing life will bring daily challenges

Guarding our integrity, in new life

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From Psalm 15:1-4:  “Lord, who may abide in your tent?  Who may dwell on your holy hill?  Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt.”

18 thoughts on “Guarding Our Integrity

  1. Love this poem, {{{Richard}}}. About 20 years ago Bob & I attended a funeral of a friend in our church. What struck us most as we were leaving the service was the number of times people used the word “integrity” when describing the deceased man’s life. Afterward I went to my Bible and looked up every reference to “integrity” as it was listed in the concordance. I think there were 44 references. I underlined each one and spent the next 44 days focusing each day on one of them. It was an impactful experience. I try to live my life so that when I leave this earth, INTEGRITY is one of the words people use when remembering me!

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