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God Loves Integrity

July 3, 2022 • Daniel Knutson • After God's Own Heart

God Loves Integrity
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After God's Own Heart: "God Loves Integrity"
Daniel Knutson - July 3, 2022

Ministry Update: The Hobson's

Hy·poc·ri·sy - /həˈpäkrəsē/
The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform

In·teg·ri·ty - /inˈteɡrədē/
1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
2. The state of being whole and undivided.

Integrity is every part of your life - mind, heart, soul, actions, and relationships - moving in the same direction. Hopefully a God-designed direction.”
Jeff and Terra Mattson
- Shrinking the Integrity Gap

Matthew 12:25b
…Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

1 Kings 9:4
“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws…

God Loves Penitence
God Loves Integrity

2 Samuel 14:24-25
But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.

2 Samuel 15:1-6
In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice. Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 15:13-14
A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.” Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

2 Samuel 18:9
Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

A lack of integrity causes division

God Loves Integrity
He loves integrity because He wants to see us whole, not because He wants control.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.