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Today’s One Year Bible reading in Proverbs 11:1–3 reminds us that God loves honesty, humility and integrity. Those qualities are consistent with His character.

Dishonesty devalues others. It says, “it’s OK for me to take advantage of you, for my desires are more important than you.” Dishonesty looks only at the immediate—what I want right now—not thinking about the long-term damage that will inevitably result.

People with integrity are guided by honesty; honesty and integrity go hand-in-hand. Those who lack integrity are eventually destroyed by their dishonesty. No one can trust them any more.

Pride can be dishonesty expressed in another way. Pride inflates one’s opinion of oneself and puts others down, saying, “I’m better than you.” Such an attitude comes from being dishonest both with oneself and with others.

Such pride is contrary to Jesus’ character, who laid aside His power and glory and humbled Himself, taking on human flesh, and suffering a humiliating death.

And it’s Jesus’ attitude that we are called to embrace (see Phil. 2:4–11). The question is, “do we?”


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