“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you always got.” Let’s put off the old and put on the new!
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Integrity speaks of habit. It’s where we live. Our routine determines what our default is. If we drive a certain route to work, then we can usually relegate a good portion of our higher-function brain cells to other things while we drive, even if it’s to just daydream.
… 5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
We can also think of our deeds as weights on a scale–not concerning salvation, but toward habit. The more weights we have on the plus side, the more likely we will be to be drawn that direction. If we enjoy most evenings at home with peace and quiet, then the idea of going someplace noisy (like a club) is not immediately appealing.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. Pr 11:3,5-6
The habit of reading and studying God’s Word with prayer will help us establish a default system that stays on the straight and narrow way. Here is what God wants us to do with His help:
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ep 4:22-24
Let’s establish a routine with God and His word, spend time with His people, and be about His integrity and righteousness. It will save us from being pierced with many griefs.