As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart….(Proverbs 27:19).
Integrity, it is a word that carries a lot of weight in my mind. It always has. Growing up, my father was truly a man of integrity. I never remember him lying. Whenever my father spoke something he followed through with it. If for some reason he didn’t, he would apologize and explain why. Now, as an adult, being a person of my word is immensely important.
My father must have placed a high priority on being a man of his word because he certainly was that. We need more men who mean what they say. We need more women who live with integrity, faith, and joy.
I have felt the pull to say what I need to say to impress others or go back on my word because following through with what I said is hard and painful. Yet, our word is everything. If we never follow through, who will learn to trust us? If the words of our mouth are not trustworthy, will we ever have an audience who believe us when we share Christ’s love? After all, the best witness for Christ is not what comes out of mouths, but what our life produces. The most compelling message I will ever give is how I treat people when they can do nothing for me, or how I carry myself in daily affairs.
The gospel is what is reflected in a heart captured by love. This changing love in the heart of a believer is the most attractive thing about them. Our words do very little if our lives do not back them up. Living in this grace is water the soul needs to grow a heart captured by the Lord Jesus.
Sometimes God speaks a word and we must sit in submission to it. We must let go of what our heart wants so that the good Father can grow His fruit in our lives. God is taking me somewhere in my heart to teach me about submission and trust. There’s something in my heart that has always wanted to take action, to make things happen and insert myself into the situation so I can speed up the process. Now, for the first time, probably ever in my life, I’m submitting myself to the Father, because, for the first time, I actually believe that He can pull through for me. I’ve tried to insert myself too much and it’s just not working, so I’m going to sit with Him in the promised land of His provision as I await His hand of blessing. In the meantime, my prayer is that my heart grows and the Father’s love is reflected in me more deeply than ever before.
Lord, let it be so, may your word, your love, your joy, and delight be reflected in my heart. Even though you’re not giving me everything I want, you’re giving me exactly what I need. It is your grace. Thank you for this amazing grace. Thank you for pressing out of me my own stubborn self-will. Jesus, truly, I trust you. I proclaim you as redeemer over my life. I believe I will see in my life what you did for Job, Joseph, and Ruth. Lord, bring full redemption. I believe it, in Jesus name, Amen.