Well, amen. It's always good to come in and worship the Lord and spend some time at the Lord's table as a way of examining our hearts as a body of believers, corporately but also as we continue to dive through God's word, dive back into God's word. If you are new here or you're joining us new online, maybe rain kept some folks home, and we know that happens, we are in the middle of a series entitled Blessed: Learning to Live With Eight Attitudes With Promise. If you missed the first five attitudes, you can find those online. You can go to CottonwoodCreek.org. You can go on our online section, and you can find those previous messages. I would encourage you to do that.
As we've taken a few minutes in our time in our service to remind ourselves of the Lord's table, it really directly correlates with what we're talking about today, this sixth attitude. Jesus tells us this, that you and I, if we live with an attitude of integrity, I'm going to use that word today, integrity in our words and our actions and our relationships, we will see God. Where do we see that? Look in Matthew chapter five. We'll go ahead and put it up on the screen for you. In verse eight, Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." As I began to navigate through and journey through "blessed are the pure in heart," I began to read a lot of commentators saying, "What does it mean to be pure in heart?" I think a lot of times we think perfection, but as I said earlier, it's not about perfection. I want you to know if the requirement to get to heaven, if the requirement to see God was perfection, none of us would get there.
Our beauty and our purity comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ and what he did for us on the cross. However, you and I can live with an attitude of desiring as best we can with our words and in our commitments and our relationships and in our actions to live with integrity. I want you to know that integrity simply means that what people see is really who I am. If you go look in the Old Testament, that Hebrew word is tome. We're going to read a few passages from the Old Testament. That Hebrew word really means completeness or integrity or honesty or truthfulness or being straightforward. In other words, what you see is what you get. Remember everybody used to have the bracelets that was WWJD? What would Jesus do? We need some that say WYS ... I don't know the rest of them. What you see is what you get. That'd be a big ole thing, just WW and someone say, "Hey, what you see is what you get."
That is the idea of living with the Hebrew word tome, in completeness. If you translate it into the English and into the Greek from the Old Testament, one of the words that comes out of it, if you're a math major, if you're in mathematics, you would know it, it's the word integer. What does that mean? What's an integer? It is a whole number. It's not a divided number. It's not 25% of. It's not 50% of. It's not three-quarters of something. It is a whole number. You and I, as best we can, if we are going to walk with purity in heart, that we will walk and act in such a way that what I say matches what I do or who I say that I am matches who I am. Now, there's a reality that people look at our outward appearances. If you go all the way back to the Old Testament, remember when Saul had been chosen? Israel, God didn't want Israel to have a king. God wanted them to serve him. He would be their leader. He would be their king.
As God does, and this is what we have to remember even to this day, there are times that God will let you have something that is not his will for you, but he will let you have it just so you will learn the lesson. Remember, God didn't want them to have a king. God says, "Hey, you don't want a king. He'll take all your money. He'll tax you to death. He'll take your young men. He'll take them off to war. He will be corrupted by power. Just don't do it." Remember what the children of Israel said? "Give us a king," so God said, "All right. Give them a king. They want a warrior. Give them one." God gave them Saul. How many of you remember Saul? Man, you talk about a man who lacked integrity. Boy, Saul was deceitful. He was devious. He didn't love God with almost any time. Even when he would have those short seasons of worship for God, pretty quickly would go back to serve himself. God said, "It's time I've rejected Saul. It's time for me to choose a new king."
How many of you remember the phrase in 1 Samuel chapter 16 verse seven? Here's the phrase, "The Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not,'" he's talking about David. God shows up to Samuel, says, "I've rejected Saul. He doesn't live with integrity. He doesn't lead my people with integrity. I want to choose another king. I want to choose a king who is a man after my own heart." God sends Samuel to Jesse. Jesse begins to roll all of his sons in there. How many of you remember Jesse rolled the handsome one, the strong one, and the tall one through there? God continued and said, "I reject him. I reject him. I reject him. I reject him." All of a sudden, this puny little shepherd boy walks in. Notice what it says, "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.'" Talking about the other brothers. "'The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"
See, the reality of it is, as your pastor, I understand on a daily basis that I live in such a way that there are a lot of people that are looking on. I also understand if I don't live with integrity and live with a pure heart, what you see might not be what you get. It's the same thing with you. God looks at our heart. Other people might see how much money you have or what you do for a living or what your position is or how handsome you are or this or that, but God is more concerned with your heart. That's why Jesus said, "Blessed are those who live with a pure heart, for they will see God." Now, as I began to study this word and look through it, it was interesting. As I began to look at words that were the opposite of integrity, here's what I found. I found there are a lot of D words that we want to avoid.
How many of you know in school that if your dad was like my dad, we didn't do what we required of our kids. We require of our kids, we want all As. How many of you know what I'm talking about? My dad just simply said, "Listen, I want you to know there better never be a D on your report card because that stands for discipline." How many of you know what I'm talking about? I avoided Ds. Let me tell you what, as I began to study this word and I began to look at synonyms of the opposite for living with integrity, if we just stay away from the D words, we can live with integrity. Listen to some of these D words. If you lack integrity, you are devious, you are deceitful, you spend a lot of time in double-talk, you are double-minded, you are duplicitous, you are dishonest, you are double-dealing, you are deceptive, and you are defrauding.
How many of you believe we would be way better off as a nation or as a people or as a family if we would just avoid those? Man, that's it. That's what it means to live with a pure heart, is to live with integrity. You say, "Pastor, what does Biblical integrity look like?" I want to start in the Old Testament. Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to show you from Psalm 15, we'll put it up on the screen, and really just for lack of time because of where we are, I want to show you kind of if you want to memorize five verses that really explain how we should live and operate and act today, we can go all the way back to these five verses from Psalm 15. In these verses, really, we are given kind of the expression of what Biblical integrity looks like in a man or a woman of God.
Here, I want you to know as we read these, really, we will see some good things. We'll see what it looks like. We'll see eight areas that integrity would apply in our lives. Then, we'll see the ultimate outcome. Then, I'm going to come back, and I'm going to step back. Instead going over all eight, I'm going to give you four areas, four big overarching areas that we need to live with integrity in. Then, I want to come back and show you Biblically the rewards for living with integrity. Here's the beauty of the gospel in God's word. The more we live with integrity, a pure heart, the more we will see God. Now, a lot of people understand that, as a believer in Jesus Christ, someday I will die and, when I leave this earth, I will see God face-to-face because of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, that is true, but I want you to know what Jesus is saying here in this passage, he's saying that if you and I live day-by-day with a pure heart, we will see God bring rewards into our lives, in our families, in our finances, in our office, in our business. I want you to know when we live with integrity, the rewards are, yes, in the future, but they are also right now for the here and now.
Let's read Psalm 15. Let's put it up on the screen. Let me just share it with you. Notice what it says. He says, "Lord," he's asking the question. "Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live," that's ongoing, "on your holy mountain?" In other words, "God, what kind of person, what kind of man, what kind of woman, what kind of single, what kind of married, what kind of young boy or young girl or senior adult, whoever it is, which one can live and walk in your presence?" That's a great question. Notice his answer. He says, "The one whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous." If you take those words, blameless, and take that word, righteous, you put those Hebrew words together, you get the English word integrity. You see it right there. He goes, "The one that walks with integrity." Then, he breaks it down, and he kind of gives us eight characteristics of a lifestyle of integrity, what they are. I'll just point them out to you as I read them.
Here's the first one. He says, "What does it mean to walk blameless and do what is righteous?" We speak truth from our hearts. That's number one, that we speak truth from our heart. Here's number two. Look at it. You find it in verse three, "whose tongue utters no slander." We don't slander people. We don't lie about other people. We don't tear other people down. Here's number three, you ready? "Who does no wrong to a neighbor." In other words, I don't steal from my neighbor. I don't talk about them. I don't tear them up. I don't mistreat them. Here's number four, are you ready? As we journey forward, "who cast no slur upon others." In other words, I'm not just going to tear people down. Here's number five, "who despises a vile person but honors those who fear God." In other words, we despise those who are crooks and criminals and are vile, but we honor those who are righteous. Then you go down. Look at number six, "the one who keeps an oath even when it hurts and does not change his mind."
Now, let me just stop you right there. How many of you understand what he's saying? You keep an oath even when it hurts. Has there ever been a time in your life, there certainly has in mine, it happens over and over again, where someone shares something with you and you are just quickly drawn in to making a promise? I'll be there. I'll do it. Anybody know what I'm talking about? Then, only later as you move closer and closer to the date, you realize and you go, "Man, I really don't want to do that," but you promised. Then, you are faced with a decision. The decision is, "Do I go through my book of white lies as to why I can't keep my promise or do I not change my mind and keep my oath even when it hurts?" Is that who you are? Is that who I am? That's integrity. Man, it's easy to keep a promise when it doesn't hurt. It's easy to keep a promise when it puts money in my pocket or when it puts time in my weekend. It's hard to keep a promise when I have to hurt, I lose something, or I have to give away something.
Look at number seven, one who walks with integrity or is righteous, who is pure in heart lends money to the poor without interest. In other words, you help folks out. Then, look at number eight. Ready? Who does not accept a bribe against one's neighbor who is innocent. What is the result? What is the outcome? Look at it right here. "Whoever does these things will never be shaken." Folks, if you and I want to stand, if we want to stand before the world and stand before God, we need to walk with integrity because that is an attitude that God blesses. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Now, let me give you four areas. I'm going to go through these pretty quickly. We're going to go through a couple of verses up on the screen at the same time. Let me give you four areas. I want to share with you four areas that you can practice integrity with. I want to show you the Biblical support for these areas being areas of integrity just like I did with Psalm 15:1. Then, I'm going to go to the end, and I'm also going to look through God's word and show you the rewards that last if we will simply live with this attitude with the promise.
Here's the first area. Ready? Be faithful. If you and I are going to live with a Biblical integrity, we have to be faithful in our interactions with other people. Now, the apostle Paul brought this up in 2 Corinthians, talking to the Corinthian believers. He says this. He says, "Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways." There's a couple of Ss, and, "We do not use," here's a D, "deception or distortion of God's word. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God." What is he saying? He's saying we live in such a way that what you see is what you get. In other words, this is who I am. I'm not trying to jerk some money out of you. I'm not trying to tug on your heartstrings. Paul says, "Listen, I'm going to put it plainly before you." This is my life. I'm going to work hard. I'm going to be honest with you. I'm going to live with integrity.
Guess what. It simply means just write this down. This is the outcome. We need to learn to live our lives, in our relationships with other people, we need to learn to live with trustworthy character. We need to have a character that people can trust. Listen to what Warren Wiersbe said. Wiersbe says this about integrity. He says, "We must be careful to protect our personal integrity because when our integrity goes, then our character begins to decay as well. When the character of a Christian goes away, we've lost everything that is important." In other words, man, when I live my life with and before other people, I need to be honest with them. I need to be honest in my interactions with them. I need to protect my integrity and protect my character because if I don't, I lose everything. Let me ask you a question. As you reflect on your relationships with other people this week, did you talk and act with integrity?
Here's the second area of your life. Be faithful with your words. In other words, if I'm going to live a life of integrity, I need to watch what I say. I need to be careful with what I say. Let me put two verses on the screen, one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament. Notice what it says in the Old Testament, "Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts that are never given." What is he saying? He's saying keep your promises. He's saying if you made a promise, keep your word. If you said you would do something, do it. I will tell you, as a pastor right now, especially on Sunday mornings, I would love to see some clouds without rain. How many of you understand what I'm talking about? I did 52 shots at you, and I know some folks, when it rains, it is an opportunity to stay home.
Now, some of us are joining us online. I love having you with us. I would love to see some clouds without rain. He's saying, listen, if you walk around your life and you promise, promise, promise, promise and you never deliver the goods, you are like a cloud without rain. You and I don't understand this right now because we've had plenty of rain, but remember the desert environment that they lived in. Man, rain, they were an agrarian society. Rain simply meant success and prosperity. Can you imagine sitting there watching your herds die and your crops die and, all of a sudden, these clouds come over that have all of this promise and they don't deliver? Folks, as children of God, as people of God, as a congregation of believers, we have to be clouds that bring the rain of God's grace and God's love in other people's lives. Look at the next verse, Colossians chapter three verse nine and 10. Paul says watch your word. He says, "Do not lie to each other," he said, "since you have taken off the old self and its old practices and you have put on the new self." What is he saying? He's saying say what you mean, mean what you say.
What about Proverbs chapter 11 verse 13? He says, "A gossip," here's being faithful with our words, integrity. "A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy," a person of integrity, a person of faithfulness, "but a trustworthy person can keep a secret." What is he saying? A person of integrity keeps their promises, but they also don't blabber. Man, if someone comes up to you and shares something that is going on in their life and they share it with you in confidence, don't go out of there and gossip about it. Don't go out of there and talk about it. If someone in your life group or your home group, if they share something with you in confidence, and you go out of there and you blabber about it, a lot of times you talk about it, a lot of times we do that because we long to make other people look lower so we might somehow look better. Man, I want you to know he says, listen, if you are a gossip, if you are constantly looking for dirt on someone else so you can cast it somewhere else, that is not walking with integrity in your word. Here's your idea. Keep your promises and don't be a gossip. With your words, keep your promises and don't be a gossip.
Here's the third area in our life that we need to walk with integrity. You ready? We have to be faithful and walk with integrity in our finances, in our money and with our money. Let me give you a couple passages from here. I'll give you some in the Old Testament, some in the New Testament. Look at what we see in Psalm 37 verse 21. Here's what it says, "The wicked borrows and does not repay." How do we act with integrity with our finances? Listen, if you borrow money, pay it back. If you commit to a certain amount of interest, borrow the money, pay it back with interest. Man, as children of God, we need to understand when we enter into a contract to buy something or borrow money, it is our integrity that is on the line. We need to pay it back.
Look at the next passage right here. Look at Romans chapter 13 verse seven. This is Paul saying, "Give to everyone what you owe them. If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect." Now you say, "What is he saying?" He's saying, listen, we're going to look a little bit at this in a second. He's saying, listen, if someone is in a position of authority over you, regardless of who they are, respect them. You think our government. I will tell you, and you've heard me say this over and over again, I've been here long enough that you've seen me go through presidents that I voted for and presidents that I haven't, but there's always a measure of respect for the office of the presidency. There should be. We need to ... If they are due respect, you give them respect. That's the way they are, whether you voted for them or not. That's why. Why? Because someday your president might be in office and you would want me to respect them. There are people who deserve respect because of their position, and we need to understand that.
Notice what he says. He says if revenue, then give revenue. Then, go before that, if taxes, give taxes. You say, "But, Pastor, I don't pay my taxes because the government will waste my money." I've got one thought to that. No duh. You're exactly right. The government can figure out how to pay $1400, just read this a couple of weeks ago, you might have seen this, for a coffee mug for people in the Navy. How many of you saw that? Man, they can figure out how to buy a $2000 hammer. I'm thinking I want to get in the business of selling hammers and coffee cups to the government. How many of you know the government wastes your money? Yeah. Some of you don't know. Just stay in that little optimistic place you live in. Good grief. I want you to know they wasted it back then. Guess who Paul was saying? Yeah, pay the emperor what he wants. Why? So he can live a horrible lifestyle, an immoral lifestyle. He can build roads we don't need. He can build buildings he doesn't need. He can have harems he doesn't need. He says you pay your taxes. Why? That's what it is.
I'll tell you the measure of accountability in my life. My accountant also happens to be a deacon at the church, also happens to be on the personnel team. Guess what. He knows all the money coming into my bank account and where it's leaving out. You want to talk about some integrity. Imagine if I said, "Hey, I just couldn't get around to giving any money this year to the church." He would look at me and go, "I don't think you work for the church anymore." I also want you to know, let me be honest with you when I come to this, I have also never sat down with him and said, "Hey, Larry. I really want to pay the government way, way more money than I owe them." I've never had that conversation with him. As a matter of fact, I've called him when he sent the number and I went, "Hey, dude. Is there anything I can do about this?" He goes, "Not this year, but if you'll do this and do that, then you can hold more money out. You won't have to pay some." I never want to pay more, but whatever I owe, that's what I should give.
Look at Mark chapter 12 verse 17. Here's what Jesus said. He says, "Then Jesus said to them, 'Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and then give to God what is God's.'" That's accountability. He saying Caesar's owed some and God's owed some. Are you willing to give to God and not Caesar or Caesar and not God? Are you willing to give both? Jesus says pay them both. Notice what it said in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi chapter three verse eight to 10. This is God talking. He's talking to the children of Israel and ultimately talking to us. He says, "Will a mere mortal rob God?" He says, "Yet you're robbing me." He answers his own question. He says, "You ask the question, 'How are you robbing me?'" He says, "In your tithes and offerings." We have to be faithful in our finances. Let me give you the thought. Write this down. If you want to be faithful and live with integrity in your finances, pay your bills, pay your taxes, pay your tithes. That is Biblical integrity when it comes to my finances.
Here's the fourth area. You ready? Be faithful at the office. If you and I want to live and operate with integrity, we want to be salt and light with everybody we come in contact, if we want to be pure in heart so that we can see God work, and I'm going to get to that here in a second, not just in the future when I show up in heaven but see God work in our lives right now, it also has to do with how we work at the office. Look at Colossians chapter three and Colossians chapter four. They're just a couple of verses apart. It speaks to us at the office. Look at what Paul said in Colossians chapter three verse 23. He says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not your masters." Now, they use the word masters and slave back in those times. Today, we would say boss and employees.
He's saying if you're an employee, whatever you do, it doesn't matter, work at it with all your heart, as serving your God and not your human boss. In other words, if you work for a company that you no longer life, if you work for a boss that you don't really like, it is not okay to slack off. Now, the beauty of our country is you have the opportunity to go get another job, but what you don't, as a believer, have the opportunity Biblically, as a believer, is to not work hard. You can change jobs and work hard, but you can't stay where you are and say, "I don't like my boss," or, "I don't like my company and, therefore, I'm not going to work hard." Now, that's to the employees. One chapter over, Paul talks to the bosses.
If you own the company in here or if you're the boss or if you're the pastor or you're this, notice what he says in Colossians chapter four verse one. He says, "Masters or bosses, provide your servants or your slaves or your employees what what is right and fair." Why? "Because you know that you also have a Master in heaven." What is he saying? He's saying if I'm at the bottom of the org chart, I'm not working for the people at the top of the org chart. I'm working for God. He says if you're at the top of the org chart, you aren't God. You are working for God, and how you treat the people below you in your organization, God will hold you accountable for. Here's what this means. How does integrity operate in our lives? Be a good employee or employer. There it is. Be a good employee or employer.
Those are the four areas. If we will live those areas, with our finances, with our words, with our relationships, with others, and at the office, we will live with integrity. Now, here's the beauty of it. Remember, these were attitudes with a promise. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." The beauty of God's word is that God promises from Genesis to Revelation that if we will walk with a pure heart and with integrity, that we will see God bless us in the here and now. Let me give you four quick rewards that you can expect in your life if you walk with integrity. I'm just going to give you a couple of verses. Then, I'm going to tell you what the reward is.
First of all, look at Proverbs chapter 10 verse nine and Proverbs 11 verse three. We'll put them up on the screen. Here's what Solomon said. He says, "Whoever walks with integrity walks securely." What does it mean? When I walk with integrity, I don't have to worry about what I've said, I don't have to worry about the different promises I've made. I walk securely. "But whoever takes crooked paths will ultimately be found out." What's the point? The more securely we walk with integrity, we don't ever have to worry about, "What did I promise? What did I say?" He says if you just say what you mean and mean what you say all the time, you can walk securely and never worry about getting caught in your own life.
Look at this next verse, Proverbs chapter 11 verse three. He says, "The integrity of the upright person guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity." Here's the reward. Reward number one for living with integrity, you will stand the test of time. You and I will stand the test of time. Now, let me just tell you this, and I want to share with you again, we are not talking about perfection. We're talking about general direction. There are people in here, and as I think about this and as I pray through in my life, in your life, and things that ... There are people in here that you have done some atrociously unethical or immoral things in your past, and there is nothing you can do about it. You have walked a crooked path. You have been unfaithful, but you don't have to keep walking crooked paths and you don't have to say unfaithful. You just start today. The outcome is what? You will stand the test of time.
Let me give you two other verses. They lead us to another reward. Notice what it says. In Job, remember Job? He lost everything, all of his money, all his health, all his family, all everything, his cattle, everything. Here's what Job came, the conclusion he came to. He says, "If you are pure," there's that word. "Blessed are the pure in heart. They will see God." "If you are pure and upright, even now," everybody say now. Even now, if you and I begin today, start walking in a pure and an upright fashion, guess when God starts working for me. Not when I get to heaven, when I see him face-to-face, now. Everybody say now. Notice what he says. He says if you and I will walk in purity and uprightness now, even now, God, that's the he, will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to a prosperous state.
In other words, what's he talking about? Someone that you have gone through the dip in the road, you've walked a crooked paths, you've been unfaithful, you've been immoral, now start living with integrity and what will God do? He'll straighten out the path. He'll fill in the dip. He'll tear down the high places, and you will be able to stand. That is a good thing, folks. Then, as you look on, look at the next verse. He says, "Your beginnings," verse seven, "will seem humble, but prosperous will be your future." In other words, it may not look like much now. If, all of a sudden, tomorrow you start becoming a truth teller in your relationships, in your words, and in your lifestyle, with your finances, it's not going to look like much. You're not going to walk out of here tomorrow and, all of a sudden, be loaded. It's just like investing for the long-term.
Just keep being faithful, keep being faithful, keep being faithful, and, all of a sudden, you look up and you go, "Wow." If we start walking with integrity, it might look little right now, but by the time we get to the end of the road with God, it will be a lot. Look at the next verse. Notice what he says in Proverbs chapter 19 verse one. He says, "Better are the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. Better to be poor than to be a liar." He says let me just tell you what. It's better to have nothing than to have no character. It's better to have no money in your wallet than to have no character in your heart whatsoever. First, you will stand the test of time. Second reward is you'll be better off. I am talking about financially, relationally. I'm talking about every area in your life. God will bless your marriage. God will bless your family. God will bless all of these things if you walk with integrity.
Let's move to the third one. Let me give you a couple of verses. Proverbs chapter 20 verse seven, he says, "The righteous person will lead a blameless life. Blessed are their children after them." Look at the next verse, Proverbs chapter 22 verse one. He says, "A good name is more desirable than great riches. To be esteemed is better than silver or gold." How would you like it? Here's just a clear current modern-day example. How would you like it if your last name was Madoff? How would you like it if your last name was Hitler? We understand that. Let me ask you, dad, let me ask you, mom: What kind of name are you delivering to your children? It is a name that may not have the most money in its wallet but it's got the most integrity in its heart? That's what we want to do. Here's the third thing that your integrity will do for you. Here's the third reward. You will leave your children honorable heritage.
Here's the fourth and last one. We're going to hit this, we're going to pray, and we're going to go. Matthew chapter 25 verse 21, here's what Jesus says, "The master replies, talking to his servants, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come now and share in your master's inheritance.'" Man, as we think about it, there is coming a day. God works for us now, but there is coming a day where we will all step across, if the Lord does not return, we will all step across the finish line here on this earth. When we do, those who walk and are pure in heart, they will see God, but I want you to hear what Jesus just said. Not only will we see God, we will hear him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I think we all want that. Here's the fourth reward for walking in integrity. You and I will be rewarded for all of eternity. That alone is worth living a life of integrity.
Let's pray. Father God, thank you for the opportunity just to share an intensely practical message. God, as we come to this sixth attitude with a blessing, God, we thank you that as a congregation of people that we can journey out of here not looking for perfection because that is something we can never attain, but we can change our direction, that we would live with a pure heart, knowing the promise is we will see you work. God, as we are faithful in our relationships beginning now today, that you would improve our relationships; that if we were faithful in our finances, that you would improve our finances; if we are faithful in our words, that you would improve our conversation.
If we are faithful in every area of our life, that you would let us stand the test of time, be better off financially, relationally, we can leave our kids a godly and good heritage, and someday we will hear those words, "Well done." God, my prayer is that as a congregation of believers, just as I shared last week on that fifth attitude, that when we leave this place last week, that it will be an explosion of mercy on our community. My prayer this week, God, for the people here at Cottonwood and those listening online, when we leave this place, it'd be an explosion of integrity, truthfulness, wholeness, and honesty that can only be pointed back to our response to these words shared by your Son, God, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." In Jesus' name we pray, amen.