Integrity

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How can you be "salt" and "light" to the world while maintaining your personal integrity?

Pray: 

Lord, there is nothing in this life that compares to You. Let me have clear vision and live for You alone.

Read: 

Psalm 101:1-8

Reflect: 

What fills your thoughts and your sight?

Here the psalmist expresses his desire to follow in God's ways, to become increasingly like him, delighting in his ways and commands.

In verses 2 and 3 we see two sets of influences: the heart and the eyes. In biblical language, the heart represents the influences of the inner person--one's motivations, emotions, thoughts and feelings. The eyes, however, represent external influences, things we see or hear or experience.

The psalmist knows that these two sets of influences have power to affect the way he lives and how pleasing his life is to God. His determination to live in purity, both in his own person and in what he allows to come into his life, is evident throughout the psalm (4-8).

We are in the world, and we cannot avoid contact with it. On the contrary, we should actively seek to be "salt" and "light," influencing society for good (Matt. 5:13-16). How can we do this, maintaining our personal integrity, without being contaminated by the values around us?

Apply: 

Consider an attitude and an external influence that draw you away from the Lord. Begin to purge them from your life.

Pray: 

Lord, may the things I focus on within and without be pleasing to You. You have my permission to bring light.

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