DEFINITION: Integrity refers to the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles and professional standards. Biblically, it refers to adhering to the standards set forth in God’s Word.
FACTS ABOUT INTEGRITY:
Your integrity affects your relationship with God. Psalms 24:3-5 describes a person of integrity and states that it is this type of person who will stand in God’s presence. If you refuse to adhere to the principles of the Word of God, how can you maintain a close relationship with Him?
Integrity determines your reputation. The general opinion that people hold regarding you is determined by whether or not you are a person of integrity.
“A good name” is a phrase that describes a person of integrity. According to the Bible, having a good name is better than possessing riches (Ecclesiastes 7:1; Proverbs 22:1).
“A person of character” also describes a person of integrity, meaning that they have positive qualities and a good, moral reputation.
It is easy to lose your integrity. Just one foolish act can ruin your reputation. The Bible warns:
“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor” (Ecclesiastes 10:1).
DEALING WITH INTEGRITY:
If you are not a person of integrity, repent. Lack of integrity means that you have not been living up to the standards of God’s Word and that is sin. As in the case of all sin, this requires confession and repentance.
Immerse yourself in the Word of God and prayer. These will change your life and make you a person of high moral standards (Romans 12:1-2).
Ask forgiveness and make restitution. If your lack of integrity has affected other people, ask for forgiveness and make restitution if possible. For example, if you cheated on a business deal, ask forgiveness and make things right.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT INTEGRITY:
As long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit. (Job 27:3-4)
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.(Psalm 15:1-5)
Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. (Psalm 17:3)
The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not done evil by turning from my God. All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees. I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. (Psalm 18:20-24)
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. (Psalms 24:3-5)
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. (Psalm 25:21)
Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. I love the house where you live, O Lord, (Psalm 26:1-8)
But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me. (Psalm 26:11)
I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. (Psalm 41:11-12)
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3)
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (Proverbs 12:22)
Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. (Proverbs 19:1)
The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1)
Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse. (Proverbs 28:6)
A good name is better than fine perfume… (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. (Ecclesiastes 10:1)
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:16)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. (2 Corinthians 8:21)
Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. (Ephesians 6:6-8)
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8)
Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. (Hebrews 13:18)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25)