7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. (NIV)
Walking in Integrity?
You may have noticed that there are not many people who walk with integrity in our world.
Many people find an error on their receipt and keep the excess change (although recently a relief pitcher for the baseball team the San Francisco Giants, Jeremy Affelft, discovered a half million dollar mistake in his paycheck, and returned it!), though it could cost someone their job.
Many people cut off others in traffic to save themselves time or drive slower to “keep themselves safer,” when in truth they may be causing accidents and delays.
There are a myriad of ways people do not walk in integrity, from relationships to finances to business even to church.
However, those who walk in integrity are held blameless by their families, friends, and communities. Whether it is financial, moral, or relational, those who walk in integrity leave many blessings for their children.
A Blessing with a Warning
The children of a person of integrity find that they are blessed with some influence.
People are willing to trust them because of who their parents were. Some people find they have enough money to influence others’ responses.
The wise will use this influence to make their world better. The godly will use this influence to make an impact for Christ.
However, as David and Solomon’s children demonstrated, that influence can also be used to burden and curse others.
The choice is ours how we use what our parents have left for us.
If they left us an example of integrity, may we follow that example.
If they left us an example of selfishness, pride, and violence, may we choose to follow the example of Christ and set a new example of integrity for our children.
Wise Lord, help us break the cycle of our families to walk in the integrity of Christ. Help us to live lives that are pleasing to You and blameless in the sight of our eyes, for Your glory.