Who likes to lose a game or a race? I’m not a very competitive person, but I can recall playing dominoes with my family members on many occasions and not being too happy about losing -- especially when you have some sore winners in your midst. I also recall trying to come up with some “strategies” to ensure that win. Ok, so maybe we cheated… just a little. But… it wasn’t hurting anyone, right? The truth is it was still dishonest and I knew it.
We don’t have to cheat or lie and do underhanded things to win at games or in life. We can still be competitive, yet still play nice and be truthful. After all, it’s not God who puts the idea or thought of lying and cheating in our hearts. Satan is responsible for filling our hearts with all sorts of deceptive plans. Just keep this in mind before carrying out that plan… The sin is not in the thought until the plan is carried out – until you fall. Lying, cheating, and keeping secrets may seem like the best idea at the time but there is a bigger price to pay in the end – and that is death. Jesus can’t live in our hearts or answer our prayers and cries for help if our hearts are impure or if we have ulterior motives. Ask yourself today… is lying and cheating all worth it in the end? Or would you prefer a peaceful heart and clear conscience? Can people trust everything you say and do? Remember, Integrity means never having to look over your shoulder.