I just want to be valued!

Psalms 116:1 – 15 (NET)

All of us desire to be valued by friends and family. Yet people do fail us, for no particular fault of their own, life gets busy much of the time. How do you know when friends truly value you? We can learn so much from the writer of this psalm who shows us a glimpse of how much God values us!

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Living with Integrity and purpose

Reflections on Ephesians 4:17-32

Today’s society is full of dualistic approach to life. On a sunday or when I’m with Christian friends, I behave as I should, but then on the other days of the week or away from Christian people, I live like anyone else in the world. Continue reading

Living with integrity means…

Psalm 101:1 (NLT), Psalm 101:2 (NLT), Psalm 101:3 (NLT), Psalm 101:4 (NLT), Psalm 101:5 (NLT), Psalm 101:6 (NLT), Psalm 101:7 (NLT), Psalm 101:8 (NLT), John 14:6 (NLT)

Have you ever said or heard it said “I can’t change this is the way I am, when Lord will you help me to overcome?”

This psalm is a challenge to the people of God to LIVE DIFFERENTLY!

We’ll come back to v2a, but first lets consider the areas that because of v1 the areas we are called to live different:

1. (v2b) Integrity starts in your own home, in other words when one is on their own in their own room – no one else just you! Therefore the first call is to Integrity! The dictionary defines integrity as: “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty” Not just in public, church, work and ministry but in that private place!

2. (v3) In that private place, in your home: living with integrity means a point blank refusal to “look at anything vile or vulgar” being careful what your eyes see whether it’s on TV, the internet, magazines! Pornography is one of the biggest killers of relationships, marriages and ministry. The psalmist is really straight here “I will have nothing to do with them” put them out.

3. (v4) Integrity means rejecting perverse ideas and stay away from evil. Who we gather around us will be an influence, sometimes we get ideas, Integrity helps us to filter out the good from the not good!

4. (v5) Integrity means no to slander, conceit or pride – these things spoil relationship. Live in with integrity in your relationships.

5. (v6) Integrity seeks out faithful people, for your friends – actually not just aquaintences here but real companions, for fellowship. Surround yourself with healthy influence!

6. (v7) Integrity is careful who you let into your house, into the inner place of your life. Not that we shouldn’t have outside friends but when it comes to influences ensure your aquaintences are healthy Be an Influencer not someone who’s easily led astray into deception.

Ok, that sounds heavey! Let’s go back to v2, and the opening of the psalm saying, “Lord when will you help me?” Sure the LORD desires us to live differently, to live with integrity but the Bible says He’s not left us alone! The Holy Spirit is for those who have accepted Jesus Christ to help us to LIVE DIFFERENTLY, to live with integrity!
Jesus said he is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6) He did it, and through asking for His Holy Spirit in HIS strength we can too!

Ask Jesus to fill you today to help you to live differently! Confess with your lips where you’ve not lived with integrity in that secret place, you may need to get help from a trusted Christian friend, pastor or minister here to pray with you. And finally, it’s true one can’t change on their own but with the LORD we can!

Peace!