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Keeping Your Integrity Intact

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"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." ~Prov. 27:17 NIV

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~Prov. 27:17 NIV

It’s true . . . we “cannot determine in our hearts to live righteous lives. Our best striving and efforts fall short of God’s glory” (quote from reblogged post below). God created us for relationship–with Him and with others. We need trusted friends who are willing to walk alongside us and hold us accountable for our actions (and us to hold them accountable for their actions, too). Unfortunately, in today’s society, trusted friends are hard to find.

However, God is always available, and we can trust Him to bring the right friends into our lives, even if it takes time. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov 27:17 NIV). This is the type of human friendship God wants and desires for us . . . truly “selfless” friendships–the type of friends who genuinely care.

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The longer we walk down the road with Christ, the more we understand what it means to put our trust in God. Despite our best intentions, it does not take long to realize we simply cannot determine in our hearts to live righteous lives. Our best striving and efforts fall short of God’s glory.

Fortunately, there is hope. In the magnificence of creation, we see one detail that cannot escape us: God created us for relationship. Verse after verse, chapter after chapter, we read about the relationships of people bent on following after God. We see their triumphs as well as their failures, and we learn some valuable lessons.

One such valuable lesson is that we need people who will hold us accountable. No matter how hard we determine to make the right decision in every case, we are bound to falter at some point. And when we know that…

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