What is integrity? Webster says it is "honesty and soundness." Integrity is a principle, or a quality that is taught throughout the Bible.
One of God's traits is that He does not change. Malachi 3:6, "For I am the LORD, I do not change." He has integrity in that His will and word are changeless. He does not "double-deal" with Mankind. How does this trait affect us? He has given us law to live by and when we are obedient we will receive blessings that are wonderful and great. BUT when we are disobedient to this law, we will suffer the consequences every time without fail. Examples:
Think about the consequences of this statement! So that God's words might be done he created everything that is, the universe, all the galaxies and the wonders of tremendous distance in outer space, all the planets and moons of our solar system and He even created this marvelous "blue marble" and put us upon it, so that His will would be done by us!
He is prepared to destroy every bit of it so that His words will be done! God has already cursed Man to die in his sins if he does not repent and live godly. Death, illness, the pain of childbirth were brought down upon Man because Man disobeyed God and served evil in the Garden of Eden. Then because this was not enough of a lesson, Man in time became so evil that every thought of his heart was given over to evil and God "destroyed all flesh" by the Great Flood except for those delivered by the Ark Noah built. He has now promised again, that He will destroy the entirety of Creation: the Universe, the galaxies, worm holes, quarks, black holes, our solar system, and all the great works of Man - - and Man, so that God's words will be done!
Are we amazed yet? We ought to be humbled at the realization of God's will. God's integrity is perfect. He does what He says He will do. Unlike us, He keeps his promises. He never fails to keep promises that bless us or curse us. And, He also loves to see integrity in us, His children.
Logically, though, doesn't this become plain to us that if so much rests upon His words we ought to know what His words mean? There is actually nothing more important!
In regard to this, our Lord is merciful and gives us all the chances that we can possibly have to gain this quality ourselves. He wants us to be like Him. So, with knowledge of Him and His all important word, we can be. 2 Peter 1:4, "by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
Just as we have been informed of His nature, He knows ours and expects for us to willingly do whatever it takes to be acceptable to Him. 2 Corinthians 7:1,"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
The following are Bible Characters with integrity, and span several subjects of morality:
I think that honest and sincere hearers of these examples realize that in our own lives we often lack spiritual integrity.
Often, all that is needed to correct even deep-seated wrong in our lives is to start trying to be godly in outward things. Human will sometimes follows emotion and physical behavior. As an example of this have you ever been down and someone told you that you ought to smile? You may not feel like smiling but when you do finally physically put a smile on your face, it is amazing how soon you begin to actually be happy!
Appearances, can be deceiving, however. Jesus has told us that "as a man is in his heart, so is he." Our goal is changing the inner man. But the truth also is that outward appearances often indicate something of what the attitude of the heart is. Outward physical appearances clearly are important. A couple of well known examples are given below:
Are we moral? Is our word our bond? Do we do what we promise we will do? Do we steal even small and insignificant things from our place of work or from stores or even from our friends? Do we lie and gossip? Are we guilty of using profane language and obscene language yet still claim to be Christians?
Let us remember that spiritual integrity is something that God requires of us. I like to think He is patient with us because of what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7:1, "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Are you working to perfect your holiness (or integrity)?
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