It’s difficult to define integrity in our culture today because most definitions include moral principles. It can get pretty confusing to try to define what moral principles are right, and which ones are wrong in our world. Luckily, we have the Bible to teach us what the real moral principles are that we should follow, therefore, we also know what it means to have integrity.
At the end of the day, as we follow Jesus, it’s what we do when no one is looking….and when everyone is looking….that shows us where our integrity is. What we actually do proclaims what we really believe.
Do we really spend time with The Lord? Do we read the Bible? Do we pray? Do we share the Gospel? Are we serving one another in love and good works? Are we engaging in sin when no one is looking? Are we living our lives with integrity as we follow Christ?
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on integrity:
Psalm 84:11 – For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Luke 16:10 – One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
1 Chronicles 29:17 – I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
Proverbs 2:7-8 – He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Proverbs 10:9 – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Psalm 41:12 – But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
1 Peter 3:16 – Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
Proverbs 16:7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
James 2:18 – But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.