Touché January 13, 2017
Posted on January 13, 2017 by under Touché,

 

Cleaning Up Our Messes

“Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.”                            (James 5:16)

Last week we looked at “getting naked” with the first core value of authenticity.  This week we look at the core value of “integrity.”  Integrity is the state of being whole, complete, and workable according to God’s design for you.  How’s that working for you? A bridge has integrity when the design of the bridge accomplishes the purpose for which it was intended.  A person has integrity when the words they speak reflect the actions they live in relationship with God, each other and themselves.

A key part of integrity is giving our word to God’s design and living into the word we speak, commonly called “practicing what we preach.” The integrity of the church is called into question when what we say on Sunday is not reflected in the way we live on Monday.  That is why “167 Living” is such an important vision around HRC.  Integrity is giving our word and keeping our word when we: 1) do what we say we will do 2) when we said we will do it and 3) in the way it was meant to be done.  Our lives and our relationships function better when we have this kind of integrity.

Sometimes we give our word unwisely or we give our word wisely but are prevented from keeping our word.  In those cases, we act with integrity when we honor our word by going back and cleaning up the mess we have created.  The apostle James invites the early church to live this way with each other, confessing sins to one another and praying for one another that you may be healed.  The way we do that in relationships that have had integrity gaps is four fold:

  1. Acknowledging that we have not kept our word without making excuses or being defensive. We take responsibility for the breakdown.
  2. Getting present to the impact that our lack of integrity has created in our own lives and especially the lives of others.
  3. We offer a sincere and heartfelt apology and ask for forgiveness.
  4. We re-promise, we may need to change our original promise to one that we actually intend to keep. More often, though, we need to prioritize the promise in our lives and create a plan to better do what we say we will do in the future.

Living consistently with integrity is a lifelong transformation process.  However, when we give our word to the things that are God’s will  -to the full functioning of our relationships and to the world around us – God will add his creative power to our efforts and will use our faithfulness to accomplish his will in the world.  Mastering this way of living means that we can live more creatively and more effectively than we ever imagined possible. (From Ridder Church Renewal)

Yours in His Design,     Taylor