“Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good” (Proverbs 19:1-8).
Today’s Morsel: In today's world, integrity seems to have taken a back burner in many folks' lives. We hear of many who have and are violating their integrity for personal gain and selfish desires. But Solomon lets us know that it is better to be poor and have integrity than to be rich and have no integrity. Integrity is the value that we place on ourselves. When a man walks in the uprightness of his heart before God and men, he will be honored. When a man is sincere in his worship of God and walks in his integrity, he will have a good name and be found blameless before the Lord. But if he does not walk in his integrity, he will never find good and will be void of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. A man may be a poor man with respect to worldly things, and yet be rich towards God. Jesus said that a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses (Luke 12:15). Never compromise your integrity. It is probably the hardest thing to be recovered.
Sing: O there’s a highway to heaven, none can walk up there, but the pure in heart. O there’s a highway to heaven, walking up the King's highway.
Thought For Today: Never compromise your integrity.