Monday, April 26, 2010

daily text 4/26

Monday, April 26th, 2010
"Judge me, O Jehovah, . . . according to my integrity." (Psalm 7:8)

Picture three scenarios: A boy is facing some of his schoolmates. They are trying to provoke him into losing his temper, perhaps to curse or to fight. Will he retaliate, or will he restrain himself and walk away? A husband at home alone is doing some research on the Internet. A box appears on his computer screen, advertising a lewd Web site. Will he be tempted and go to that site, or will he make sure that he avoids it? A Christian woman is conversing with a small group when the talk turns negative, becoming hurtful gossip about a sister in the congregation. Will she share in that, or will she try to change the subject? Varied though those situations are, they have something in common. They all involve the struggle to keep integrity as a Christian. Do you have your own integrity in mind as you face your concerns, needs, and goals in life?
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 1:1, 2)

One more scenario to add to that list, when pressure to compromise integrity comes from unbelieving family members who are opposed. That situation could be even more challenging to deal with (especially for a Christian living in the same household), because they might face repeated "tests of faith" on an ongoing basis, while trying to maintain peaceful family relations at the same time.
(I'll post a couple of good yearbook experiences later, of siblings who maintained their integrity to Jehovah, even while being threatened and opposed by their father)