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Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

February 7, 2024

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Proverbs 10:9 “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”

Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

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Integrity is that harmony between your public actions and your private life – including your private thoughts and actions. Sure, you might fool others, but the truth stands unwavering. You can’t deceive God or yourself. When we veer from our biblical values, yielding to temptation always brings consequences. It can leave relationships strained or shattered.

Have you ever wrestled with that inner conflict—knowing what’s right but choosing otherwise, assuming God’s forgiveness is a given? It’s a tricky belief. The idea is that we can sidestep consequences for actions contrary to God’s will. We may say, “I know it is wrong, but I’ll ask forgiveness afterward.”

God’s wisdom echoes through every decision we make. He’s not about restricting our fun; he’s safeguarding us because he knows every misstep leaves a mark. His forgiveness is abundant but doesn’t erase the pain or fallout from wrong choices and succumbing to temptation. In this grace-filled forgiveness, we find hope, yet it doesn’t erase regret or mend broken relationships.

Forgiveness doesn’t grant a free pass from life’s repercussions. It’s a beacon of hope in our darkest moments, but it doesn’t nullify the consequences of our actions. Even when forgiven, regrets linger, and broken relationships remain part of our reality. How can we avoid the pitfalls of scars? We trust his Word and goodness and follow his plans for our lives. God isn’t a cosmic killjoy; his purpose for our lives will exceed our imagination.

Apply

Develop a habit of mindfulness—being aware of your thoughts and motives. Regularly evaluate your intentions and actions against God’s standards. Go to his Word first! Rely on God’s strength in moments of temptation. Ask for His help to uphold integrity and resist actions that deviate from his will.

Pray

Jesus, teach me to be mindful, pause, and seek your wisdom before making decisions. Let your truth be my compass, guiding me toward choices that honor you. Please guide me in resisting the temptations that seek to lead me astray from your purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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