Scripture Reading: Proverbs 10:9
The word for ‘hypocrisy’ in the Bible comes from Greek theatre when they would put the mask on. A hypocrite is someone who puts a mask on and acts like they are something they are not.
Life is good when you have authenticity, character and integrity. God gives us victory when we walk in integrity. Life is good when what we say and what we do match. People lie for various reasons. We are God’s ambassadors to a lost and dying world. He commands us not to lie, but to be honest at all times and depend on Him. Trusting God, we demonstrate integrity amid fear and uncertainty.
C S Lewis, a British Theologian and Author of The Screwtape Letters, once said: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking”. It is easy to hide my thoughts and actions from other people because they don’t know or see them. So I can get away with it, right? Not really. I will always pay the price for any lack of integrity in my life.
Listen to this lamentation: “A while ago, I discovered an inner conflict in my life. I seemed to act and talk differently depending on the setting. I was one person at home with family; another person at work; and yet another person at church (showing my best side of course). The people in my family knew best what I was really like. And of course, God, who is with me all the time, sees every thought that comes into my mind and every action I take. How can I hide from Him? I can’t. So I embarked on the road to put my different lives together and to trust God to help me be the same, integrated person, no matter what the setting”.
When you have integrity, your public life and your private life match. What is in your heart is the same as what other people see on the outside. What you say and what you do are in harmony. The truth is, when it comes to integrity, we may fool everyone else, but we cannot fool ourselves. And if we violate our conscience, we have to pay for that. James 4:17 says, “Knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin” (TLB).
MASS: GREEN Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-2.3-4.5-6a.9bc (R. Rev 5:10); Accl. Ps 95:7d.8a; Gospel Lk 19:41-44
1. Thank You, Lord, that You called me to be a man of integrity. Thank You that You called me (like King David) to be a man after your own heart. Thank You for the Holy Spirit convicts me when I am hiding things and doing things in secret. May I “do the right thing when no one is looking.” And may it be so in my life today and every day of my life in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
Exercise: ‘Be yourself and be holy at all times’
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