Where does integrity come from?

The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So he left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.  (Gen. 39:2-6)

Joseph was a man of integrity, and God gave him favor with Potiphar, and blessed all that he did. But Joseph didn’t learn integrity from the favor or the blessing. Likewise, when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, he would have fallen for her if he had not already established in his heart that his faithfulness to God was the most important thing.

How often do we ask God to bless us, when we are not guarding our hearts and acting with integrity?

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