The gift or talent you use to serve others to glorify God., The same gift or talent that leads to the magic of servant leadership.
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
How to gain courage, Take it, Joshua 1:7, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go., 1 Corinthians 16:13, Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong., Hebrews 13:5-6, 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”[a] 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”[b], 1 Corinthians 10:13, Get ENcouraged, Acts 28:15, 15 The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged., Learn about it, Daniel 3:16-18, 16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Character is more than just how you behave. It requires that you stand up for something bigger than yourself, Do not give up your principles for peace, Romans 12:2, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will., Key word in this verse is pattern, Question everything, If you conform; you lose integrity; if you lose integrity you lose your foundation, Beware of Christians! (My example will lead you away from Salvation faster than, 1 John 2:15, Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them., James 4:4, You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God., We live in a culture that promotes democratic values of being fair to one and all, the importance of fitting into a group, and knowing how to cooperate with other people. We are taught early on in life that those who are outwardly combative and aggressive pay a social price: unpopularity and isolation. These values of harmony and cooperation are perpetuated in subtle and not-so-subtle ways--through books on how to be successful in life; through the pleasant, peaceful exteriors that those who have gotten ahead in the world present to the public; through notions of correctness that saturate the public space. The problem for us is that we are trained and prepared for peace, and we are not at all prepared for what confronts us in the real world--war., JOB 7:1, Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling?, Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum (let him who wants peace prepare for war) VEGETIUS, A.D. FOURTH CENTURY
Standing up for your highest principles with nothing to gain, Opposite of pragmatism
Definitions, Webster's Dictionary, firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, Wikipedia, Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs., John Wooden, Never Lie, cheat or steal, Can your statements be trusted as truth?, How long does it take to build trust?, How long does it take to break trust?, How can we best forgive and rebuild trust?
How to be in integrity, Treat people fairly and honestly, Leviticus 19:35-36, “‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah[a] and an honest hin.[b] I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt., Deut 25:15, You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you., Proverbs 16:11-13, Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right., Honor your word, Exodus 8:28-32, Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.” 29 Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.” 30 Then Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord, 31 and the Lord did what Moses asked. The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained. 32 But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go., We are only as good as our word, Good men recognize their sin nature and fight it forever, Decent men see some weaknesses, Wicked men think they are alright, If you meet someone who thinks they don't need to improve; run far away., Be an example, Titus 2:7, In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, Be the change you want to see in the world - Ghandi, Expect it to be difficult, Job 2:3, Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”, Job was the first book ever written - because humans needed this example asap, Job 2:9, His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”, Proverbs 29:10, The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
Benefits of integrity, It protects us, Psalm 25:21, May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord,[a] is in you., Proverbs 2:7-8, 10:9, 11:3, 13:6, Peace of mind, when caught out of integrity; own up to it immediately., This is only a moment in time if you own up to it; but it defines you if you can't acknowledge your own breaks of integrity., More valuable than riches, Proverbs 28:6, Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse., 1 Kings 9:4-5, “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, 5 I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’, Nehemiah 7:2, I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do., Psalm 41:11-12, I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.