Walking in Integrity
Psalm 119:1-3 "Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths."
Most of us know or have heard the standard definition of integrity. “To do the right thing even when no one is watching.” It is a great definition and one I learned serving in the military. The thing is for a believer, integrity goes beyond simply doing the right thing when no one is looking. Our challenge is to do the right thing when no one is looking as well as when everyone is watching, no matter how unpopular that decision is. We are challenged to do the right thing no matter what.
Integrity can actually be summed up in that our words, actions and beliefs all agree with one another. When our words differ from our actions and beliefs or our actions differ from our words and belief or our beliefs differ from our words and actions. They all demonstrate a lack of integrity.
Every day we will have circumstances come our way in which our integrity will be tested. The surprise quiz in school that causes us to want to look at the paper of the person next to us. It could also be something at work in which we are forced to compromise our values. Even at home our integrity can be tested with our parents and siblings or our spouse and children.
Think about the opposite of Psalm 119:1-3 “Miserable are people who lack integrity, who do not follow the instructions of the Lord. Sorrowful are those who disobey his laws and never search for him. They compromise with evil and never walk in his path.”
Take a moment today and reflex on your integrity or lack thereof. No matter what situations we may face. God can give us a joy unspeakable and He will help us through the storms of life. Walking in integrity is a daily calling and sometimes being a man or woman of integrity may not make you popular at the time but people see and honor integrity. So remember to walk in integrity and never compromise your beliefs by your actions and words.