When someone crosses the line and offends you, what's your first response? Most of us are tempted to strike back in like fashion. When we've been violated, our sense of justice rises. We want to even the score! But Scripture calls us to a radically different response - something that doesn't come naturally. In fact, learning to forgive takes tremendous discipline.
No one is immune to injustice. Most of us have suffered undeserved indignities, hurtful slights, and paralyzing humiliations. Some injustices are trivial and should be treated as such; others can be life-altering. In such times, we are tempted to seek revenge rather than entrust our character to the Lord. God's way allows for the ministry of grace to do its transforming work.
Of all the great men and women in the Bible, Daniel certainly ranks as one of the greatest. Without dispute he was a man of courage. But courage was not what made him great. History is filled with courageous devils. Daniel was great because he was exactly who he appeared to be - a man of unassailable integrity. Though dangerous, Daniel would not compromise his honor.
Christians are commanded to live with utmost integrity. That means doing the right thing, even when nobody's looking. And while it's true we're striving for this level of perfection, it's irrational to think we'll attain it! Today Chuck Swindoll reminds us that authenticity, not perfection, is the goal. When we make mistakes we admit it, take action to clean up the mess, and move on.
It's refreshing to meet high-profile leaders who understand the dangers associated with power. They refuse to see themselves as invincible, because even good men and women are tempted. And one poor decision or compromise can sabotage their influence forever. Let's look at a fascinating man who showed remarkable resolve even when threatened with personal danger.
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