The Integrity Factor – Part 2
Scripture Reading: John 8:39-47
Key Verse: John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
This week we are talking about repairing our broken sense of self-respect. To respect ourselves we must know we are walking in truth—total truth. When we have unresolved integrity issues, we will be more likely to loath ourselves rather than respect ourselves.
In our passage of scripture for yesterday and today, Jesus is confronting the Jewish leaders to stop following the “father of lies.” Though they adamantly denied following the devil, they knew their hearts looked more like his than God’s heart. Pride, hatred and falsehood characterized their lives. The devil was their model no matter how much they denied it.
Are you denying some integrity issues that lie deep in your soul? Do you like to talk about family values yet secretly allow things to exist in your life that don’t fit those values? Beyond grieving the heart of God, you are living life with brokenness. When we don’t respect ourselves, anger issues with people around us are evident. You blame them, but the truth is: you are miserable with yourself!
God is the great restorer and He wants to repair your broken self-respect! He can put it back together like new! Open your life to His truths!
Father, I give you permission to look deep within me. Please help me face any issues that are grieving your heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.