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LetÔÇÖs walk the talk (part 2)

Sun, 14 October 2012 20:45
by Bishop W. Abrahams
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This week, I focus on the dangers of corruption and how to avoid and combat it.
The Bible says one of the greatest dangers of corruption is evil communication. Meaning that when we engage and open ourselves up for destructive conversations, we become vulnerable.
Evil conversations are the breeding grounds for destruction of human value and integrity of one’s character. Sad thing is, many people find themselves in this comfortable situation where they gossip about other people who in fact are progressing in life.
Often, many never notice the beginning of a negative conversation.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:8, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
And Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
The danger of speaking negative words brings a depressing environment of death.
The second danger of corruption is the association with people who lead us into wrong the direction. The Bible says in Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
According to the English dictionary, “entice” means “to provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion.”

The biggest struggle that people have today is self-rejection. Because they were enticed into a situation that looked attractive then and now they do not know how to get out of it makes them go through self-rejection.

Sadly, they ended up on the opposite side of the law. Crime does not pay, nor does corruption, no matter how lucrative it is.
If we want to eradicate corruption in our nation, we must start with ourselves.
We must learn to be transparent in everything we do, no matter who we are and what positions we hold in society.
We must live up to the power of integrity. We must live a lifestyle that is pure in public and in private. We have to lead by example and show the next generation that while we were here, we made significant changes.
The Church should be the frontline grace carrier in this race. We must preach and teach about ethics. We must influence our communities with righteousness.
The Bible says in Psalms 26:1, “Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity, I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”
What we need in our country are people who can walk in moral soundness. We must learn to walk the talk and talk the walk. Let our yes(es) mean yes and our no(s) be no(s). What’s happening in our country is not desirable. We see certain national community leaders, church and political leaders who do not set moral lifestyles. We must say, this is unacceptable!
Why is it so important that we walk in integrity? The Bible says in Proverbs 20:7, “The just man walketh in his integrity, his children are blessed after him.”
We all desire that our children be blessed and live quality lives but it does not just happen automatically. We must implement principles in our children’s lives. Too many of us just do not care. We cannot expect to harvest a ripe crop if we plant bad seeds.
Byron Pulsifer (Retired Canadian criminologist and motivational speaker) once said; “To have  integrity means that you don’t agree with everyone you meet, nor do you succumb to pressure to be something that is in direct conflict with your core ethics.”
He also said, “No matter the time of day, no matter who is watching and no matter the situation, personal integrity doesn’t take a holiday.”
It’s my dream to see our nation free from HIV/Aids; poverty, corruption and toils.
I pray that from the State House to God’s house - from the south to the north, from the east to the west and from the CEO’s desk to the counters of financial institutions - that we will strive to change our nation one person at a time. I also pray that we will unite and work together to ensure that we become totally free from corruption. Lastly, I pray that our people will endeavor to make change that will never be erased.
This is my pray in Jesus Name.

Until next week, God bless you!