Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Daily Thought: Integrity is Moral Courage

"In Jesus' three years of ministry, His environment grew in hostility and every decision of integrity increased its volatility.  That Jesus walked in integrity at all times, even when it cost Him His life, was the ultimate proof of who He was.  When we are defined by integrity, we respond with moral courage.  Courage is the ultimate expression of integrity.  Integrity gives us the courage to walk in truth even when it means walking straight into the mouth of the dragon.

"Solomon tells us that the wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion (Prov. 28:1).  When we lack integrity, we live in fear.  While that fear may manifest itself in many ways, it is fundamentally the fear of getting caught, of someone knowing who we really are.  When we walk in righteousness and love what is right, when we live lives of integrity, we have nothing to fear at all."

Erwin McManus, Uprising, Thomas Nelson (2003), pp. 72-73

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