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A Closer Look


There are few people in the Bible in whom nothing bad is spoken of their character. Daniel is one of them. In fact, there was a time when the administrators and satraps of Darius’ kingdom set out to find grounds for charges against him. 

Daniel 6:4 says, “they could find no corruption in him [in Daniel], because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” They were looking for dirt, but Daniel was squeaky clean, and they found none. Now, it’s important to clarify that the example here is not that Daniel lived a perfect life. God would surely find dirt in his heart, like he would with all of us. But, the point to meditate on is Daniel’s integrity. 

To those around him - the non-Jews - there was nothing about his life that would hinder the testimony of God. The only way they could condemn Daniel was by scheming to persecute him for this very faith. 

Both the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter affirm that this is the kind of life we ought to strive for, one marked with integrity so that when those oppose you, they ought to be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about you. When you do consistent good deeds what it does is helps non-Christians better understand the transforming power of the gospel.

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