I have really been thinking about this word. It is something I strive for each day and often fall short of. Why then must I continue to aim for this word to be one that describes who I am if it is impossible to master? The answer is quite simple and quite complex. The best things in life are.
In the dictionary, the word integrity means –
1) an unimpaired condition, i.e., soundness, wholeness
2) firm adherence to a code of moral values, i.e., incorruptible, honor,
3) the quality or state of being complete or undivided, i.e., completeness.
Synonyms of integrity are honesty and unity.
BIBLE REFERENCES –
- Integrity means treating people fairly and honestly. (Leviticus 19:35-36, Deut 25:15, Proverbs 16:11-13)
- Integrity is giving your word and keeping it. (Exodus 8:28-32)
- Integrity will protect you. In Psalm 25, David prays that integrity and uprightness will protect him. (Psalm 25:21, Proverbs 2:7-8, 10:9, 11:3, 13:6)
- Integrity is more valuable than riches. (Proverbs 28:6)
- The Lord will test and judge your integrity. (1 Chronicles 29:17, Psalm 7:8)
- The Lord hates lies and lack of integrity. (Zechariah 8:16-17)
- It may be difficult to maintain your integrity. (Job 2:3, 2:9, Proverbs 29:10)
- Your character can be corrupted by bad company. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
- Integrity will be rewarded. (1 Kings 9:4-5, Nehemiah 7:2, Psalm 41:11-12)
- Your integrity should set an example. (Titus 2:7)
Why is integrity so important for followers of Christ and humanity in general? Because it is a foundation for life. It is what morality is built on and as Christians, we need to be more like HIM. Not because we have to but because we want to.
It is oh so easy to make excuses for lacking integrity. The evil one sets traps for us and we can justify every dishonesty and sin. But we must persevere.
To teach my children this important lesson in life, I ask them a very simple question. Can you stand on Sunday morning and tell all you said and did throughout the week without shame? If not, don’t do it or say it!
Peace, love and God’s will.