“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”
The Bible says in Matthew 5:8, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God”. To “see God” means to experience the presence of God. Believers who have a pure heart get to feel the power of God. We get to know the purpose of God for our lives. We get to live in the peace of God. We experience the forgiveness of God. Do we want to be one of those people? We don’t talk a lot these days about being pure in heart, but we do use the word “integrity.” To have integrity does not mean you are perfect, because if it did, none of us would have it!
So, what does it mean to have integrity?
A lot of us think of our life like a pie, and the different parts of our life are the pieces of the pie. This slice of the pie is our career. This is our work life. This is our spiritual life. Then this is our family life. That one is our social life. Then over here is our secret life — our compulsions, addictions, and the things nobody else knows about.
If we segment our life like that, we lack integrity, because our life is not a whole. Integrity means we’re the same person with everybody, in our speech, actions, and motives, no matter which part of life we’re dealing with.
Integrity is authenticity.
When we wear masks so that we appear one way in front of some people and another way for others, it shows a lack of authenticity. God wants us to be exactly who he made us to be, no matter who is watching. It means we do the right thing, and we do it for the right reason. We have unmixed motivation and pure motives. We’re sincere and straightforward in every area of our life and with all people. We pray to talk to God and not to impress other people.
We’re all interested in image, but God is interested in integrity. We’re all interested in reputation, but God is interested in character. Reputation is what everybody thinks we are. Integrity is what we really are. Reputation is what we are in public. Integrity is what we are when we’re all alone with God.
God blesses those who have integrity. They get to be the friends of God.
“The LORD detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity” (Proverbs 11:20).
My Challenge for us today is to choose integrity in our lives through the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives!