“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 (NLT)
Our culture is obsessed with appearance – beauty, intelligence, success – but God cares about what is inside, not about our wealth or accomplishments. In fact, God cares more about our hearts than about our sins. God blesses people who have pure hearts of integrity, acting the same way in all parts of their lives while living with authenticity and sincerity. Having integrity doesn’t mean being sinless, but it does mean having a reputation (what other people can see about you) that matches your private life that no one else can see. Here we’ll talk about several of the blessings of integrity and several ways of living that will develop more integrity in our lives.
Open your group with a prayer. This is only a guide – select the points you want to discuss.
“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track.” Proverbs 10:9 (NLT)
1. When we encounter life transition moments such as school graduations or marriages or job changes, deciding what to do next is very important. At those points, why do you think the integrity of honest people keeps them on track?
“Because you were faithful with small things, I’ll now put you in charge of much greater things.” Matthew 25:21 (NCV)
2. If a person is very sincere about small things, we can guess that is a person of integrity who can be in charge of much greater things, which is God’s reward. Share any experience you had of receiving a blessing of greater responsibility after walking with integrity in some aspect of your life.
“People who promise things they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.” Proverbs 25:14 (TEV)
3. Read Proverbs 25:14. What are practical things one can do to keep an important promise that seems impossible?
4. Meditate on Proverbs 25:14. What have you promised someone—a mate, child, or friend—but haven’t done yet?
“Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
5. Living with vocational integrity means doing your best at work, as suggested by Colossians 3:23 above. What are practical examples of working the way this verse describes, since you are not literally working for the Lord?
6. Why would God want us to work hard at a job that we don’t even like, or care what we do when nobody is watching?