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What Would Jesus Do?
1 PETER 2:21.
Do you complain when your friends let you down? Do you keep score about gift-
giving, initiating phone calls or picking up the tab? Are there times when you feel
that you give more than you get? Jesus experienced these things and more! His
closest friends let Him down. They were unreliable and immature. They learned
Jesus You are such an
slowly and always the hard way. One even betrayed Him. Yet He forgave them and
example to me, Your
loved them anyway.
reactions to the
Listen: ‘…having loved His own…He loved them unto the end’ (John 13:1). Jesus
challenges of Your
loved His friends but not because they were worthy of love. His love made them
own life on earth are
amazing. Help me
In Knowing God, J.I.Packer writes, ‘There is tremendous relief in knowing that
to be a Jesus mirror
God’s love for me is based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst in me. No
to people so that
discovery can disillusion Him in the way I’m so often disillusioned about myself
when they look at
or quench His determination to bless me. There is great cause for humility in the
me they actually see
thought that He sees all the twisted things about me that others don’t see. Indeed
the character of You
He sees more corruption in me than I see in myself. Yet He wants me as His friend
inside. Help me live
and desires to be my friend and has given His Son to die for me in order for me to
with Jesus’ integrity,
realise this purpose.’
that the decisions
So the next time a friend lets you down, remember God’s grace. Use His Son as your
I make, will always
role model and ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus do?’
be the best for the
people around and
Integrity Never Disappoints
the best decision
for Your Kingdom,
PSALM 26:1.
All of us know people who are not the same on the inside as they are on the
outside. Indeed, many who work harder on their image than on their integrity don’t
‘I came across
understand when they suddenly ‘fall.’ Even friends who thought they knew them are
TheWord For surprised.
Today. It really In ancient China, the people wanted security against the barbaric hoards from the
changed my life’
north, so they built The Great Wall. It was so high nobody could climb over it and
so thick nobody could break it down, so they settled back to enjoy their security.
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During the fi rst 100 years of the wall’s existence, China was invaded three times.
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Not once did the enemy break down the wall or climb over it. Each time they bribed
the gatekeeper and marched right through without a problem. The Chinese were
so busy relying on their wall of stone that they neglected to teach integrity to their
children. Your answers to the following questions will determine if you are into
image-building or integrity-building.
1) Are you the same no matter whom you’re with?
2) Do you make decisions that are best for others, when another choice would
benefi t you more?
3) Are you quick to recognise others for their efforts and contributions to your
success? Life is like a vice; at times it’ll squeeze you. In those moments, whatever
is inside will come out. Image promises much and produces little but integrity
never disappoints. So commit yourself today to be a person of integrity.
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