Integrity, a lot of us use that word and even ascribe it to our person, but do we really know the meaning?
A simple dictionary meaning defines ‘Integrity’ as the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards. It also means a state of being complete and whole.
Do you possess integrity?
Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. (The English Standard version).
If our integrity will act as a guiding light, then we need only but to look at our lifestyle to ascertain if we are persons of integrity or persons who possess zero morals and principles.
Do you have principles? – Good principles? Do you have a set of rules that guide your life? Have you a set limit on how far you will go on a matter? Or do you live your life on the principle of whatever-works jor?
Where is your integrity?
That is the question I want you to ask yourself when you are faced with that unsettling situation where a lie looks like the easiest route to take. It should be the question in your heart when you start off a relationship on a false, pretentious note. It should be the question you first ask yourself when the temptation of a higher profit margin pulls you towards overpricing your goods… whatever they maybe. It should be the question in your mind as you succumb to the thrill of being a cyber-bully. It should be the question you ask yourself when you do your job shabbily simple because ‘Oga too wicked jor’. It should be the foremost question when you claim the holy title of ‘born-again’ and still, secretly, live the old life of sin and treachery.
Where is our integrity when ethnicity, racism, religious and denominational-differences with a massive chunk of political-favouritism is the order of the day in our world today?
Where is our integrity as Christians — followers/imitators of Christ — when we self-righteously and constantly condemn and disregard the freedom of worship of other Christians simply because of their different belief, doctrine and worship-style?
Where is your integrity? That is the question and yet, it should not be a question, for we are all made in the image and after the likeness of God who is Integrity himself. Should we then not rightly possess and live by integrity?
Have a blessed, fruitful week.