devozine

Spiritual Practice

Integrity

Katrina Cassel

Your mom leaves her purse open on the table. A five-dollar bill is about to fall out. You . . .

     a.  push it back into her purse.

     b.  take it and hope she doesn’t notice it’s gone.

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Psalm 119:1 (NIV)

In class, someone is circulating a stolen copy of your upcoming history test. You . . .

     a.  take a quick look. What can it hurt since you plan to study anyway?

     b.  make it disappear. It’s not right for some people to have an unfair advantage.

Not all stealing or cheating is obvious. What about borrowing someone’s work from the Internet, changing it a bit, and turning it in as your own? What about downloading a song illegally?

God’s thoughts on honesty don’t change from situation to situation. If we feel we have to justify our actions, we probably know they’re wrong. We should be honest even if no one else will ever know the difference. We know, and God knows—that’s all that matters.

REFLECT: If Jesus came to earth today, I think he would add to the eighth commandment (which says, “Do not steal”) this statement: “If you download anything illegally or cheat on an assignment, then you have committed theft.” Jesus challenges us to follow the Ten Commandments in both big and small ways.

—Jessica Lippe

—from devozine (January/February 2012). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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