January 21

READ Psalm 15. 1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their
heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on
others; 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even
when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who
does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
INTEGRITY. Who gets to draw near to God? Those who speak true words (verse
2), but in love (verse 3) and generosity (verse 5). Those who are transparent,
honest, and faithful to their word, not always changing their minds (verses 4 and
5). If we deceive, vilify, and flatter, if we make empty promises and overblown
claims, we cannot expect God’s presence in our lives. This standard not only
challenges us but also reminds us we can go to God only through his grace. No
one but Jesus ever lived with perfect integrity (Hebrews 4:15), but because he is
our Savior, we can go in to God (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer: Lord, the sins of my tongue are so many! Forgive me for talking too
much (because of pride), for talking too little (because of fear), for not telling the
truth (because of pride and fear), for words that are harsh and cutting, for hurting
others’ reputations through gossip. Purify my words with your Word. Amen.

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