Proverbs 19:1, “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”
The subject of today’s post is one word taken from this verse—integrity. Integrity is defined as, “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” Integrity is something that is greatly missing from the average person in today society. However, it should not be missing from the life of a Christian.
A great example of integrity in the Bible is Job. Job 2:3 says, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” Job went through probably the greatest trial a person has ever gone through, yet the Bible said, “He holdeth fast his integrity.” If Job can go through hard times and keep his integrity, we have no excuse not to keep ours.
We cannot expect unsaved people to have integrity. They do not know the things of God, so they do not know any better. This means it is up to Christians to have integrity and be an example to those who live around us. I wonder what those who know us best would say if someone asked them about our integrity. Would they say that we are honest? Would they said we have morals? Would they says we live righteously? I would hope so. If you have failed in this area, do not be discouraged. Take it as a challenge. Work on building up your integrity. Do not let past failures turn into future failures. Regardless of our past, let us focus from this day forward on keeping our integrity.