This week, Scotty Love does what he does best: shoots his mouth off on a topic he knows nothing about. Share and enjoy!
Key Scripture: Proverbs 6:16-19, Colossians 3:9-10.
If you could choose one profession – lawyer, politician, Hollywood actor – whom would you say you least respect as a group?
What is it about those groups that makes them so hard to respect?
Who is someone you know that you admire and respect? What makes that person so admirable?
Integrity is one of the rarest and most valuable characteristics a man can have. It’s also one of the most fragile. Integrity takes a lifetime to establish and build, but it only takes one mistake to destroy.
What’s more, one person’s stumble can be the downfall for an entire group. We assume all politicians lie because we’ve seen so many lie. And we assume all Hollywood actors to be hypocritical, drugged out train wrecks because so many turned out to be just that. And many people assume all Christians are hypocrites because they’ve met people like Scotty Love.
The world has come to a point where pretty much everyone is expected to lie and fudge a little. God wants us to be different. He wants us to stand out. Nothing will make us stand out more than being men of integrity, men our families, churches, co-workers, and friends can always trust.
READ AND DISCUSS
Read Proverbs 6:16-19
What does God think of lying?
What are some of the other things God hates as much as lying?
Why do you think God equates lying to shedding innocent blood, plotting evil, or causing divisions and discord?
Do you think this hatred extends to little white lies, half truths, and the like? Why or why not?
What other ways do we deceive people besides lying?
Read Colossians 3:9-10
Why is it incumbent on Christians to be people who tell the truth?
What are some of the reasons why people tell lies?
Why would Christians lie to one another?
Has someone you know or admire ever let you down by having their lack of integrity exposed?
What did it take for that person to regain your trust – or did they?
Why is it so hard to put faith in people who have deceived us?
Is lying essential in certain careers? Why or why not?
Is it possible to be completely truthful no matter what your occupation? What consequences might a person suffer for being honest at all times?
Are those consequences worth the loss of integrity?
Is there anything you’d trade your integrity to gain? What else might you lose in addition to your integrity if you did?
Being honest can cost you dearly. It can cost you money, your job, or any number of worldly desires. But once you’ve sold your integrity for worldly gain, it’s nearly impossible to get back. A good reputation is the most valuable resource in the world. Not only does it mark you as a man who can be trusted, it makes you a light for Christ in a world of liars. Don’t trade your integrity for temporary gains. Stay honest, be truthful, and store your treasure up in Heaven.
Forgive us for the times we compromise and choose worldly things over you. Give us the courage to tell the truth and be different, and help us to guard our reputations as godly husbands, fathers, and men.
In Jesus’s name,