‘…Be careful to do what is right…‘ Romans 12:17
Jeremiah utters, ‘Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means…in the end he will prove to be a fool.‘ (Jeremiah 17:11) People always tend to find their own justice for their misdeeds. And, instead of looking into themselves, they believe what they say. For example, ‘it is ok to do small mistakes, as long as you’ve no major lapses.’ This self-justification is nothing but an ostrich nature of burying its head in the sand believing nobody can see it. Whether you steal ten cents or a million dollar, you’re still a thief. Every time you break a moral principal it becomes harder, not easier, to act with integrity.
Developing integrity requires constant vigil because every day you face unscrupulous opportunity & dishonest people and it’s hard to keep your head high in the mire of deceit around you.
Then how can you keep your head high?
(1) Keep your promises. When you make a promise you create hope. When you keep a promise you create trust.
(2) Acknowledge your mistakes. When your decisions don’t turn out the way you intend, you owe people an explanation.
(3) Apologize and try to make amends. When your actions hurt others, you need to admit that what you did was wrong and say you’re sorry. This is usually very painful in the moment. But not only is the right thing to do, it can actually shorten the agony and help you to put the incident behind you.
Do you smile when you are alone with God, who can see your innermost secrets or hide your face?by