“Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against Me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her”( Gen 20:5,6).
The Lord Himself testifies to his ‘integrity of heart’. Because Abimelech was sincere and upright in his ways, the Lord “kept” him from sinning against Him. We find a great spiritual truth here. If we are sincere and upright before God in all that we do, if we fear to displease the Lord, the Lord will keep us from falling into sin ignorantly. “He will keep the feet of His saints.”
David did not act in innocence and sincerity in Bathsheba’s matter. So he fell into outright sin. He realizes this later and prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults… and I shall be innocent from the great transgression” (Psa 51:10; 19:12,13).
So child of God, whatever you do, do it ‘in the integrity of your heart’. Let not your heart condemn you in anything you do.
“The fear of the Lord is to depart from evil.”
– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion