On Saturday morning a group of us gathered to take part in the Great Bradford Spring Clean event. Equipped with our special green bags and litter pickers. (Who knew that Lorraine had her own!) we set off to clean our part of Wrose. First we made a thorough sweep of the church grounds before setting off into Wrose Road. The process was very satisfying and slightly addictive and after an hour we had covered everywhere on the main road from Kings Road to Five Lane Ends, with a few diversions into the side streets.
We are undertaking a new series of messages under the title ‘Real Lyfe’. The material which has been produced by the Bible Society to help Christians to live an authentic lifestyle. Over the next few weeks we shall be looking at the life issues of integrity, anger, doubt etc.
This week the theme of our teaching was ‘INTEGRITY’ – How to remain a whole person. The contrast between the story of David and Bathsheba and Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife could not be more stark. David loses his integrity when he gives into temptation, whereas Joseph remains whole under pressure and retains his integrity. I found this topic particularly interesting and thought provoking. The message I gave this Sunday is to be found at the end of this Update. Here are six suggestions about to develop integrity.
1) Understand the true definition of integrity – wholeness
2) Intentionally reflect on what to say, how to behave, how to make decisions in a way that is reflective of our faith in Jesus.
3) Seek to be the same authentic person regardless of the situation. When someone has integrity, you can meet them with their family, friends, church, or at work, and you will see a consistency in behaviour, actions, and words. You will recognize this person no matter what environment they are in.
4) Recognise the impact that you have on others. We should be conscious of how our behaviour and words impact those around us intentionally and often unintentionally. So, when you get it wrong, you will need to stop, acknowledge, apologize, seek forgiveness and correct your course. This requires humility, authenticity, and an awareness of the feelings of others.
5) Actively focus on the development of character and wholeness. Spend time intentionally on this through reading the Bible, joining a Life Group, listening to the counsel of others, going to leadership development courses, and reflecting on how to develop character.
6) Encourage other people to be on the same journey. Aim to walk in integrity and as others see that, they will be drawn to this. They can have confidence you that you will do what you say and believe.
Cuddy Cafe was also in session and were dealing with the topic of integrity in their own unique style – I believe that Star Wars was involved somewhere! In their leaflet they included this helpful guide to praying.
What will you being doing this time tomorrow?
What are the challenges you will be facing?
In what ways can we all pray for you?