Reading Proverbs 11:1-31
As we hit chapter 11 we can see, just as yesterday, integrity continues to be a major theme. Vs 1 deals with integrity in business, vs 3 with integrity as a life choice, vs 11 tells us that living in integrity has blessings for an entire city, vs 14 a whole nation, and vs 20 that God delights in those whose ways are blameless!
There is a story told of a vicar in London. One Monday morning he catches the bus as usual to the church building, (this is in the days before Oyster cards). He pays his fare with a ten pound note. As he sits down in the bus he realises he has been given too much change, way too much in fact, ten pounds too much! (The bus driver must have though he paid with a twenty). At first he rationalises it, “It’s wonderful how God provides”, he thinks to himself, “I’m a bit skint at the moment–I was going to have to skip lunch, now I’ve more than enough!” As the bus journey continues he begins to wrestle with himself. As the bus arrives at his stop, he decides he couldn’t live with himself if he kept the extra money. He approached the bus driver saying, “I’m sorry I think you made a mistake and gave me too much change.” The bus driver responds, saying, “No, I didn’t make a mistake. I was in in your church yesterday as you spoke about honesty, and I thought I’d see if you were true to your word!”
It’s probably true–people would much rather see a sermon than hear one!
Paul writes to Titus to remind his congregation to …
“…. Be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray… But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” (Titus 3:1-8)
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)
Father, tender and skillful invader of my soul, today I yield my self utterly to you. Lord, thank you that when I was far away from you, you rescued me. I was lost and you found me, I was blind and you allowed me to see. Your grace and mercy are beyond compare. Father, fill me anew with your spirit today that I might love those around me, that I might be good news to those around me and that I might share good news with those around me. In Jesus name. Amen.
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