Our theme for this month: “Character and Integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “The wicked flee when no one is pursing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Have nothing to be ashamed of.”
There are many individuals in the Bible whose stories are inspiring to me for various reasons. But in terms of character and integrity, there are four sterling examples from the Old Testament that stand out in my mind – Joseph, Joshua, Caleb, and Daniel.
I’m not going to attempt to retell their stories here this morning; it’s enough to say that each of them was a man of great character and solid integrity who was courageous and bold when it mattered. Each had core principles he would not compromise, and each was known for being faithful, responsible, and completely trustworthy. If one of those men told you something was true, then you could believe that it was. If he gave you his word that he would do something, you could take it to the bank that he would do it.
A man or woman of strong character and rock-solid integrity has nothing to be ashamed of. Such a person can simply be themselves, without apology, with no need to explain, and without having to doubt his or her actions. But as Solomon observed in Proverbs 28:1, the wicked person, the one without good character and who is lacking in integrity, has to constantly worry that they will be discovered to be the scoundrel they really are. They live life looking over their shoulder, always trying to remember what lie they told to which person, always wrestling with their conscience, and realizing deep-down that they are not an honorable person. What an awful way to go through life!
A person of good character has no reason to fear, or to run, or to doubt. Instead you can live life with a calm sense of confidence, and with the bold assurance that you have nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of.