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Peacemaker Wisdom #4

by P. Brian Noble / February 8, 2019

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Proverbs 11:3 (NASB95)

3“The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.”

Wow, what a powerful Bible verse! This verse has two easily identifiable parts: integrity that guides and crookedness that destroys. These two parts are critical for wisdom in our everyday relationships. I recognize that this is not our everyday language, but I think it is helpful in gaining wisdom from God’s word.

Let’s start with integrity that guides.

Peacemaker Wisdom #4 of 360:

Integrity that guides.

Proverbs 11:3 (NASB95)

3The integrity of the upright will guide them…”

First let’s define integrity. Peacemaker’s definition of integrity.

in·teg·ri·ty | \in-ˈte-grə-tē the quality of consistently speaking and living out the truth in love by having a strong biblical foundation with principles that guide one to authentic moral uprightness.

In our relationships, if integrity that is founded in biblical core values does not guide us we will have a high level of tension. A lack of integrity will break trust which causes tension. A lack of integrity will also make us second-guess the direction of the relationship as a whole causing conflict. Finally, a lack of integrity will always keep our relationships walking on egg shells which causes frustration and fear. 

Let’s quickly brainstorm hallmarks of integrity and measure how we are doing in our relationships.

  • Integrity hallmark #1 is honor.
  • Integrity hallmark #2 is uprightness.
  • Integrity hallmark #3 is honesty.
  • Integrity hallmark #4 is purity.
  • Integrity hallmark #5 is sincerity.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father guide me to and through your integrity. Help me to accurately measure myself. Search me and show me lord.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

Question #1: In my present relationships, how would I rate myself in interacting with honor?

Measure:

Corrupt                                                                                                           Honorable

-10       -8         -6         -4         -2         0          2          4          6          8          10

 

Question #2: In my present relationships, how would I rate myself in interacting with uprightness?

Measure:

Disgrace                                                                                                        Uprightness

-10       -8         -6         -4         -2         0          2          4          6          8          10

 

Question #3: In my present relationships, how would I rate myself in interacting with honesty?

Measure:

Dishonesty                                                                                                    Honesty

-10       -8         -6         -4         -2         0          2          4          6          8          10

 

Question #4: In my present relationships, how would I rate myself in interacting with purity?

Measure:

Impure (Deceit)                                                                                            Pure (Forthright)

-10       -8         -6         -4         -2         0          2          4          6          8          10

 

Question #5: In my present relationships, how would I rate myself in interacting with sincerity?

Measure:

Falsehood                                                                                                     Sincerity

-10       -8         -6         -4         -2         0          2          4          6          8          10

 

Application: Write down some practical actions or behaviors that you can begin to apply to build integrity into your life.  

Now let’s look at the other side of the verse – I will spend a little less time on this side because I discussed it above.

Peacemaker Wisdom #4 of 360:

Crookedness that destroys.

Proverbs 11:3 (NASB95)

…But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

Crookedness will destroy relationships.

  • Corruption destroys relationships.
  • Acting disgracefully will destroys relationships.
  • Dishonesty will destroy relationships.
  • Impurity will destroy relationships.
  • Falsehood destroys relationships.

Prayer: Heavenly Father help me to see my dishonesty, my corruptness, my falsehood and reveal to me all of my crooked ways.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

Review the measurements above. I know it will be easy to see how the other person has acted horribly but truly try to see how you have behaved in a manner less than how God would challenge you to live.

Thank You for taking the time to measure and build wisdom into each of your relationships. Let us know your story of how God is changing your life and bringing peace into your relationships. Email your story to mystory@peacemaker.training

Now go out in peace, live in peace, and make peace.

 P. Brian Noble

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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