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"The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him"
 
 Proverbs 20:7
 
 
Anxiety about our family is natural, but we shall be wise if we turn it into care about our own character. If we walk before the LORD in integrity, we shall do more to bless our descendants than if we bequeathed them large estates. A father's holy life is a rich legacy for his sons. The upright man leaves his heirs his example, and this in itself will be a mine of true wealth. How many men may trace their success in life to the example of their parents! He leaves them also his repute. Men think better of us as the sons of a man who could be trusted, the successors of a tradesman of excellent repute. Oh, that all young men were anxious to keep up the family name! Above all, he leaves his children his prayers and the blessing of a prayer-hearing God, and these make our offspring to be favored among the sons of men. God will save them even after we are dead. Oh, that they might be saved at once! Our integrity may be God's means of saving our sons and daughters. If they see the truth of our religion proved by our lives, it may be that they will believe in Jesus for themselves. LORD, fulfill this word to my household!  Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834-92  |  Play Audio!  MP3

 

Integrity

 
Integrity results in a solid reputation not just image.  Image is what people think we are while integrity is what we really are. 
 

Conclusion

            Integrity is the most important element of leadership.  When one has integrity, loyalties are not divided and credibility is not lost.  One with integrity is transparent having nothing to hide or fear. The character of an individual is of the utmost importance.  Failure to pursue a personal life of integrity is to undermine the effectiveness of leadership.  The pursuit of integrity is strenuous.  It takes more than a desire to do right it takes great determination to walk uprightly in every area of life.  However, becoming a man of integrity is worth the struggle for only then will man effectively lead. 

 
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"O LORD, Be Gracious to Me"

 

"...But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever..."

 

 

Psalm 41 ESV

O LORD, Be Gracious to Me
A Psalm of David.

1(A) Blessed is the one who considers the poor![a]
   (B) In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
2the LORD protects him and keeps him alive;
   he is called blessed in the land;
   you(C) do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3The LORD sustains him on his sickbed;
   in his illness you restore him to full health.[b]

 4As for me, I said, "O LORD,(D) be gracious to me;
   (E) heal me,[c] for I have sinned against you!"
5My enemies say of me in malice,
   "When will he die, and his name perish?"
6And when one comes to see me,(F) he utters empty words,
   while his heart gathers iniquity;
   when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
7All who hate me whisper together about me;
   they imagine the worst for me.[d]

 8They say, "A deadly thing is poured out[e] on him;
   he will not rise again from where he lies."
9Even my(G) close friend in whom I trusted,
   who(H) ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10But you, O LORD, be gracious to me,
   and raise me up, that I may repay them!

 11By this I know that(I) you delight in me:
   my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12But(J) you have upheld me because of(K) my integrity,
   and(L) set me in your presence(M) forever.

 13(N) Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting!

         Amen and Amen.