Integrity of Heart

An excerpt from The Teacher’s Heart

by Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

Psalm 78:70, 71 says that God chose David His servant, took him from the sheepfolds from following the ewes great with young, and brought him to feed Jacob His people and Israel His inheritance.

God has done a similar thing in our lives in making us Christian school teachers. To illustrate, (1) He chose us. Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you . . .” (John 15:16). (2) He took us from other possible careers to make us Christian school teachers. When you graduated from high school did you know that you were going to be a Christian school teacher?  Perhaps. I thought I was going to be a forest ranger. (3) He has asked us to serve children and young people, and their parents.

Psalm 78:72 says about David, “So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” He did not soldier them, as he could have, he shepherded them.

Integrity of heart denotes uprightness. Uprightness means honest, uncorrupt, perpendicular, and plumb.

Integrity of heart signifies candidness. Candidness means forthright, direct, straightforward, plain, unambiguous, and undisguised.

Integrity of heart means trustworthiness. Trustworthiness means reliable, dependable, credible, and responsible.

Integrity of heart indicates faithfulness. Faithfulness means true-hearted, devoted, dedicated, unwavering, firm, and stable.

Integrity of heart connotes justness. Justness means even-handed, equitable, fair, and impartial.

Jesus and David model integrity of heart for us.

Last updated by Milton V. Uecker May 12, 2015.

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