Integrity

W. Terry Varner
April 23, 2017

There are many things involved in the makeup of man’s character. One of the most important things is what is called integrity. Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” It also includes “the state of being whole and undivided.

Christians must have the quality of integrity. If Christians lack integrity; i.e. honesty and strong moral principles, who then will the light of the world and the salt of the Earth? (Matt. 5:13-16). Goa designed matters of everyday life to be influenced by His children. Do you and I influence everyday life around us? This is a very pertinent question that demands a very realistic answer.

The Bible and the Christian’s Integrity. It does not require a difficult study to realize that the Bible, God’s word, is clear concerning the importance of God’s children being men and women of integrity. Consider the following verses:

  • “Whoever walks in integrity, walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Prov. 10:9, ESV).
  • “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them” (Prov. 11:13, ESV).

There never should be a question about the character of those who have been cleansed in the blood Christ. We are imitate our Savior’s integrity.

The Bible Describes Integrity. God never insists on man being a certain way without giving him instructions. Jephthah found out the hard way, in Judges 16, that keeping a promise can sometimes leads to our own hurt. The Bible describes integrity in various verses.

  • “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD” (Ps. 15:2-4).
  • The apostle Peter gives this advice: “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of salvation (1 Peter 2:12, ESV). The question becomes what might be involved in our lives if we fail to live with integrity? Would they would lead discredit our witness of being Christians as we ought? One could think of a multitude of things how this could be: failing to speak the truth in love, paying of our bills, allowing our light to shine, etc.
  • Matthew describes the integrity of Jesus when he records: “When He saw the crowd He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (9:36, ESV). Christians are to be like Jesus, people of compassion. We all remember the old cliche, “She made her bed, let her lie in it.” While that may sound good to some, it is a far cry from the compassion shown by our Savior in Matthew 9:36.
  • The Christians are to have a sense of humor or joy. Humor helps deal with difficult people as well as difficult situations. “There is a time to laugh” (Eccl. 3:4). “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22). The people around us will enjoy our company more and will enjoy people more, if we can face and live life with a great smile on our face.