Friday, January 14, 2011

Life of Integrity

Genesis 27:19 “Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.” – Genesis 27:19
Small lies, big lies; no matter how trivial it may be, the action still falls under, SIN. God never meant for sin to be categorized based on the depth of pain it will cause. Sin is a sin, and lying is a sin. Sometimes, it is easy to tolerate such action when we know it won’t lead to any major consequences. But in the life of Jacob, it certainly did. In Genesis 27, we see how Jacob listened to his mother’s scheme to get his father’s blessing. In the end, his relationship with his brother turned sour and Esau plotted to kill Jacob. Our situation may not turn out to be this extreme, but lying can get addictive especially when no one finds out.  Habitual lying piles up like a stubborn mildew in the tile of your bathroom - it gets difficult to remove in the long run. 
Jacob’s life was not full of integrity. His very name meant, “Deceiver” and in return he himself experienced being deceived and lied to. In life, we can choose to stay true to our word or constantly put a front. The life of integrity is more valuable than trying to impress people, gaining acknowledgements, or trying to cover up faults and weaknesses.  Yes, lying can grant us success and an easy way out of embarrassment, but God sees our hearts and will discipline us sooner or later.  
Have you been tolerating lying? Confess now and ask God to help you stop and control yourself the next time you’re tempted to do so. 

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