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Daniel 6:4 NLT Then
the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in
the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn't find anything
to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible.
To a builder, the word integrity
means strength. To an ethicist, the word integrity means consistency. To
politicians, the word integrity means . . . well, we won't go there. What
does the word mean to you? Surely, it is more than a slogan for a campaign.
Most people have enemies.
You have yours, I have mine, and Daniel had his. We never list them as
references on our resumes or go out of our way to be with them, nevertheless,
we all have enemies.
If your enemies were out
to get you, and did an audit of your lifestyle, could they find room to
criticize you? Daniel's enemies couldn't find anything to besmirch him.
Remarkable! Daniel conducted his affairs, and lived his life with utmost
Daniel's enemies decided
the only way they could accuse him was with regard to his faith. They convinced
the King to sign a law that no one could pray to anyone but the King. Flattered,
the King gladly signed the law without thinking how it would affect his
Daniel's enemies knew he
would break the law. They spied on him, and sure enough, at the appointed
hour, as was his habit, he faced Jerusalem and prayed. They caught him
"in the very act" of prayer and ratted him out to the King.
Why did they know he would
defy the King's law? Because Daniel was a man of integrity--he was consistent
and strong. Daniel didn't pray to show his integrity, he prayed because
of his integrity.
Would you describe yourself
as a person of integrity? Would your enemies? Would your family?