“Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity.” – Chuck Swindoll.
If you were asked to name the characteristics of God, you would probably list things like compassion, holiness, righteousness, justice, and mercy, to name a few. If asked about the attributes of God, the answers would consist of how He is faithful, trustworthy and loyal. You could speak from experience on how God can be counted on and how all these attributes work together in complete harmony “for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”( Romans 8:28 NIV)
Every person has his/her strong points and weak points and a unique blend of personality, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Those characteristics all mix together to form our character. If you asked to list some of the most desirable personality traits in women and men, integrity would be on every list. Traits such as hardworking, genuine, disciplined, humble, and generous would also be sought after. Integrity is something we all desire, but what is it?
Integrity is not our reputation, what other people think of us. Integrity is not success, nor is it about our accomplishments. Integrity is not something we do or have, but something we are. Integrity is about more than just doing the right thing, It’s about building the kind of character that can survive all the ups and downs of this life.
Integrity means what we say and what we do matches. Having integrity means you keep your promises. But integrity is more than just about keeping promises; it’s about keeping your word in everything. Integrity is a critical element of a Christ centered life. Integrity is living and speaking based on what God says is right; basing our words and actions off of His principles and truth.
Our integrity is put to the test every day, in virtually every situation. We are being watched closely to see how we will respond. The choice of our walk matching our talk, our behavior matching our beliefs, our character matching our confession is left to us.
“People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.” (Proverbs 10:9)
- If people who know you were asked for five words that describe you, would integrity be one of them?
- What can you do to improve your integrity?