Proverb for the Day 11:3 — We Don’t Have To Live That Way Anymore!

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
This verse doesn’t offer any great new insights – just the realities of life choices. Consisting of two straightforward statements of typical Hebrew poetry, it discusses two well-known characters in Proverbs — “the upright” and “the unfaithful.”
It’s hard to imagine two more opposite people. “The upright” operate from a place of “integrity” while the MO (modus operandi) of “the unfaithful” is “their duplicity.”

The one thinks and acts from a place of appropriate thought and motives. Consequently, they’ll do good things. While never perfect, such a lifestyle continually “guides them.” Doesn’t sound like a bad way to live!

On the other hand, there is “the unfaithful.” For all the good that could be said about the “upright,” the “unfaithful” represents the opposite.

Thinking and acting from their comfort zone of “duplicity” – being twisted and distorted – they simply can’t be counted on for good choices or appropriate actions.

Of course, it’s not that the “upright” never do wrong or that the “unfaithful” never do right, it’s just that their core values consistently impact what they think or do.

So, it might be asked — just how does one go about being this “upright” guy or gal operating in “integrity?” I’m happy to report it’s not rocket science!

The simplest way to be this person is the Honest, Open and Willing (HOW) concept I adopted a few years ago from the world of recovery. When I operate in my relationship with God like this I just can’t help but be that “upright” and “integrity” guy of this verse.

I haven’t perfected the art(!), but it is my MO these days and it does empower my daily spiritual walk. Interested? See: