A Life Shaped by Integrity—Proverbs 20:7 (Part 1)

Posted on May 8, 2024

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A Life Shaped by Integrity—Proverbs 20:7 (Part 1)

With figures from politicians to religious leaders involved in scandal and corruption, integrity seems to be a rare commodity today. We’ve all experienced moments when leaders, whether a local pastor or a national figure, have disappointed us. We highly regard leaders for their positive impact; they are meant to be examples in word and deed. When the “deed” part of that example falters, damages follow. **Taken from CrossWalk

In a world that is increasingly critical of believers, particularly leaders, it’s time we understood some words that we use so glibly. One such word is integrity.

What is integrity? Integrity is a path to walk in, characterised by honesty, telling, speaking always what is true and living the truth in all social dealings and that your word is your bond (Psalm 15:4).

Although it does not occur in the New Testament, its equivalents are being honest, genuine, sincere, pure heart, the single eye, all the things that are fundamental to true character. Consider the following scriptures:

  • Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21
  • I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 1 Chronicles 29:17
  • My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
  • For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:10-12

Integrity manifests in standing faithfully and true to God’s word and ways even when facing social and cultural aversions. Joseph staying true in the face of his brothers’ betrayal, the seduction of Mrs. Potiphar and the lack of appreciation of the baker. It does therefore demand intimacy with God, knowing His judgment concerning every issue we encounter. If only we have the discipline of dependence and asking!

The outcome of being continuously and incessantly with God in thought and communication is integrity. Are you a man or woman of integrity? Without integrity you cannot be a true ambassador of Christ. Selah

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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