The very fiber of integrity is being real—not just talking about being real!

The Integrity of the Incredible Family
Authenticity – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 23:1-12

Key Verse:  Matthew 23:3

So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

The integrity of an incredible family includes the foundation of authenticity.  Until the members of the family are taught to be real about their lives, their feelings, and their thoughts, there is no integrity.  In our scripture for today Jesus taught His listeners that they were not to do as their spiritual leaders were doing because these leaders were not practicing what they preached.

            Parents, this is a powerful lesson for all of us who want integrity to permeate our homes.  The very fiber of integrity is being real—not just talking about being real!  Pretending that our family life is what it ought to be never gets the family to where it ought to be!  Being authentic enough to admit that our family struggles in certain areas is the best first step in fixing the issue.  The Bible highlights confession over and over.  Confession—telling the truth about ourselves—starts us down the path to healing.  Being real is often the greatest hurdle for people to cross, but if they will cross that hurdle, they are a long way down the road to recovery.

            Jesus reminded the crowd that was listening to Him that day that the people who tie heavy loads on others but they themselves won’t lift those loads are fakes.  Authentic people demand realness of themselves regarding their lives.  (Continued)

Father, help me not to fall into the trap of faking a lifestyle.  I want to be real.  I want to live in your freedom and joy that Jesus provided.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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