Leave flour out of a cake recipe and see what happens. You won't have much of a cake. Leave honor out of our marriage vows, and you won't have much of a marriage. If we fail to walk with integrity, then respect becomes tarnished.
On and off again functioning just doesn't get it done. A car that cranks and then won't crank cannot be depended upon. It loses its dependability. You just don't know if you can trust it to take you on a long trip or to work or even to the grocery store. It is not dependable. It is inconsistent.
Great relationships are made when you know you can totally trust the consistency of the both parties' lives. That is a winning combination.
By the way, that is God's way.
I once heard that the single greatest requirement for effective preaching is that people must believe that the preacher believes what he is preaching. That believability is determined first by the consistency of what the preacher lives. If the people see it in the life of the preacher, then they will believe that preacher truly believes what he is preaching.
It goes back to the consistency issue. It seems to me that we need a revival of consistency about as much as anything thing else.
Solomon put it this way. He wrote:
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
How about praying today that God will help you be more consistent. That is my prayer today.