The Cost of Integrity

Today’s reading: Acts 21:37-24:27

My selection: Acts 23:4-5

4 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” 5 And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’ ”

My reflections: Paul, in spite of the unfair and untrue charges being made against him, held himself to the highest standard of the law. He put himself in a weakened position by reviling the high priest, albeit, inadvertently. However, he did not try to diminish his sin, but confessed, quoting the law he had violated. Paul modeled the reality of the claim he had just made:

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.”  (Acts 23:1)

My challenge: Do you keep a good conscience before God even when it weakens your case or makes you look foolish? When you are confronted with a failure or a weakness, do you immediately recognize it? Seek today to walk before God with a good conscience, no matter what the cost.

Tomorrow’s reading: Acts 25:1-27:26

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