“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” (Proverbs 11:3)
Bob danced around SEC regulations for years before finally getting caught. Twice. And twice he lost his broker’s license. Today his wife supports him, since his name is mud in the business community. Yet he continues to excuse his aberrant behavior.
Sam covertly exploited young men sexually for 3 decades before being exposed… All the while carrying on a public ministry in the Name of Christ. Today he is divorced and alienated from most of his friends of many years. He continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Andy finally let his Christian brothers know of his alcoholic struggle of many years… After his wife demanded that he move out of the house. For years I surmised there was a serious problem of some type, but he would never allow me, or anyone access to his personal life.
Proverbs compares the righteous with the duplicitous:
|RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE:||UNRIGHTEOUS PEOPLE:
|“Righteousness guards the man of integrity,||but wickedness overthrows the sinner.“ (13:6)
|“He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,||but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.“ (28:18)
|“The man of integrity walks securely,||but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.“ (10:9)
|“The righteousness of the upright delivers them,||but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.“ (11:6)
(See Psalm 25:21; 73:18-20; 125:5; Proverbs 26:11)
The reality of it is that God rewards people of integrity, while the double-minded can look forward to harsh consequences for their actions.
QUESTION: Given the present state of your secret life, into which column do you fall? If it is the “unrighteous” column, are you prepared to live with the inevitable consequences of your double life?