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[{"status":"publish","site_id":"1","date":1648252800000,"title":"A Life of Integrity","author":"12571","bible_in_a_year":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+22%E2%80%9324%3B+Luke+3\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"bible-in-a-year\" data-label=\"Bible in a Year\">Joshua 22–24; Luke 3</a>","bible_in_a_year_references":"Joshua 22–24; Luke 3","bible_in_a_year_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+22%E2%80%9324%3B+Luke+3","categories":["Integrity"],"tags":[],"content":"<p>Abel Mutai, a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country race, was mere yards from victory&mdash;his lead secure. Confused by the course&rsquo;s signage and thinking he&rsquo;d already crossed the finish line, however, Mutai stopped short. The Spanish runner in second place, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, saw Mutai&rsquo;s mistake. Rather than take advantage and bolt past for the win, however, he caught up to Mutai, put out his arm and guided Mutai forward to a gold-medal win. When reporters asked Anaya why he purposefully lost the race, he insisted that Mutai deserved the win, not him. &ldquo;What would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my mom think of that?&rdquo; As one report put it: &ldquo;Anaya chose honesty over victory.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>Proverbs says that those who desire to live honestly, who want their lives to display faithfulness and authenticity, make choices based on what&rsquo;s true rather than what&rsquo;s expedient. &ldquo;The integrity of the upright guides them&rdquo; (11:3). This commitment to integrity isn&rsquo;t only the <em>right</em> way to live, but it also offers a <em>better</em> life. The proverb continues: &ldquo;But the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity&rdquo; (v. 3). In the long run, dishonesty never pays.</p>\n<p>If we abandon our integrity, short term &ldquo;wins&rdquo; actually yield defeat. But when fidelity and truthfulness shape us in God&rsquo;s power, we slowly become people of deep character who lead genuinely good lives.</p>\n","excerpt":"<p>Abel Mutai, a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country race, was mere yards from victory&mdash;his lead secure. Confused by the course&rsquo;s signage and thinking he&rsquo;d already crossed the finish line, however, Mutai stopped short. The Spanish runner in second place, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, saw Mutai&rsquo;s mistake. Rather than take advantage and bolt past for the win, however, he caught up to Mutai, put out his arm and guided Mutai forward to a gold-medal win. When reporters asked Anaya why he purposefully lost the race, he insisted that Mutai deserved the win, not him. &ldquo;What would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my mom think of that?&rdquo; As one report put it: &ldquo;Anaya chose honesty over victory.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>Proverbs says that those who desire to live honestly, who want their lives to display faithfulness and authenticity, make choices based on what&rsquo;s true rather than what&rsquo;s expedient. &ldquo;The integrity of the upright guides them&rdquo; (11:3). This commitment to integrity isn&rsquo;t only the <em>right</em> way to live, but it also offers a <em>better</em> life. The proverb continues: &ldquo;But the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity&rdquo; (v. 3). In the long run, dishonesty never pays.</p>\n<p>If we abandon our integrity, short term &ldquo;wins&rdquo; actually yield defeat. But when fidelity and truthfulness shape us in God&rsquo;s power, we slowly become people of deep character who lead genuinely good lives.</p>\n","insights":"<p>The word <em>integrity</em> in Proverbs 11:3 comes from the root word <em>tamam,</em> meaning “to be complete, be finished, be at an end.” It denotes moral wholeness and innocence. These qualities are reflected in Job’s life: “Then the <span style=\"font-variant: small-caps\">Lord</span> said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his <em>integrity,</em> though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason’ ” (Job 2:3). Another form of this Hebrew word appears in Psalm 15:2, where it’s translated “blameless.” Who is it that will enjoy fellowship with God? The person of integrity, “the one whose walk is <em>blameless,</em> who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart.”</p>","passage":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+11%3A1%E2%80%933\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"passage\" data-label=\"Scripture Passage\">Proverbs 11:1–3</a>","passage_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+11%3A1%E2%80%933","passage_reference":"Proverbs 11:1–3","response":"<p>Where’s your integrity being tested right now? What are the choices before you—and how do they increase (or decrease) your integrity?</p>","thought":"<p>God of integrity, You’re honest and faithful. Make me more like You. Teach me how to live uprightly.</p>","verse":"<p>The integrity of the upright guides them. <a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+11%3A3\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"verse\" data-label=\"Key Verse\">Proverbs 11:3</a></p>\r\n","meta":"[object Object]","insight_question":"","author_name":"Winn Collier","slug":"a-life-of-integrity-2","insights_author":"1848657","insights_author_id":"1848657","email_image_url":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/ebread/dailyimages/odbdevo_20220326e.jpg","preheader_text":"Abel Mutai, a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country ra...","brand_logo_url":"https://odb.org/wp-content/themes/odbm-base-ourdailybread/images/odb_logo.svg","language":"","date_id":1648252800000}]