Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. Job 2:9 (KJV)
During Job’s affliction by the devil, his wife mocked him and told him to curse God and die. Such will do those who do not have a relying trust in the Lord when things are not going the way they want them to.
In the book of Acts as we read the story of Stephen the evangelist it Chapter 7, we see those who are opposed to the Gospel message becoming enraged to the point that, in order to silence him, they stoned him to death.
And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. Acts 7:58 (KJV)
These are but two instances of men in the Bible who refused to lose their integrity neither for the sake of loved ones nor for the crowd. These are followed by many others who at one time or another have had to make a decision as to whether to yield to the animosity of a family member or the popular opinion or political correctness of society even at the cost of their own life.
Little did Job’s wife know that, in actuality, to “curse God” was to “die.” Stephen’s antagonists, one of which was a young Saul of Tarsus who would follow him in martyrdom after his conversion, did not understand that they could kill Stephen’s body but not his inner man.
Today there is a bold line drawn in the sand between those who “curse God and die,” though they think that they live, and those of you who will suffer anything and “still retain thine integrity.”
The New Birth transforms the inner man of the spirit, the soulish man of the will, intellect and emotions and the physical man of flesh.
Integrity demands that there be no schism between spirit, soul and body. The Christian with integrity will openly maintain their confident confession of Jesus as Christ in every situation no matter the pressure to yield.
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