16 But thank God, who put the same commitment that I have for you in Titus’ heart. 17 Not only has he accepted our challenge but he’s on his way to see you voluntarily, and he’s excited. 18 We are sending the brother who is famous in all the churches because of his work for the gospel along with him. 19 In addition to this, he is chosen by the churches to be our traveling companion in this work of grace, which we are taking care of for the sake of the glory of the Lord himself, and to show our desire to help. 20 We are trying to avoid being blamed by anyone for the way we take care of this large amount of money. 21 We care about doing the right thing, not only in the Lord’s eyes but also in the eyes of other people. 22 We are sending our brother with them. We have tested his commitment in many ways and many times. Now he’s even more committed, because he has so much confidence in you. 23 If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and coworker among you. If there is any question about our brothers, they are the churches’ apostles and an honor to Christ. 24 So show them the proof of your love and the reason we are so proud of you, in such a way that the churches can see it. (2 Corinthians 8:16-24, CEB)
We want people to see we are handling the money they entrusted us with in a manner that is upright. Not that it is really important for this, because we are handling it appropriately before God. But to keep up relations we do things that show that we are always and completely above board.
We need to live always with integrity. Integrity is doing what is right even when people aren’t looking or noticing. To act like a follower of God at all times, not just when we are being watched.
I have come to discover that usually when people have issues with someone else it is because they are authentic and a person of integrity. Because they are not and have a hard time with someone who is.
But if we all strive to be a person of integrity, our lives would be so much easier. Because only a liar has to have a good memory.
Live your life in such a way that you don’t have to have a good memory, and freely give away the grace, mercy, and love you have received.
Love People. Love God.