Integrity - a word that carries very little meaning in today's world. What does it mean? For all of us, I believe there are many connotations of what integrity is and what it's not. I also believe that in today's world, we apply a very flexible definition to integrity depending on the person or situation involved. Before going further, let's look at a few definitions. According, to Houghton-Mifflin, integrity is:
1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. 2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness. 3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided;When I read those definitions, I can't help but think how many people today no longer care about their integrity. Whether it's how they interact with others or how they break promises or vows, integrity appears to be of little value.
Think of the following scenarios.
- A student allows a friend to cheat off their work or cheats themselves.
- An employee lies or changes data at a boss' request in order to keep a job.
- Someone chooses not to honor their debts in a timely manner.
- A boss takes credit for other peoples' work to benefit their career.
- A friend takes advantage of someone else's generosity.
8 let the LORD judge the peoples.and
Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.and
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 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.But, I wanted to save a specific passage for last:
They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.The "Him" in the passage above is Jesus. Disciples that followed the Pharisees came to Jesus with a question. But, even they had to admit that Jesus' reputation preceded Him. Specifically, they noted that Jesus taught with only one thing in mind - adhering to the God's truth. My favorite part? This sentence from the last part of the verse describing Jesus' integrity: "You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are."
The challenge? Who's setting the price on my integrity - society or God?
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