Got Integrity? Find out what the bible has to say.


Integrity is a word that is not used much in today’s English. One definition of integrity is: “the quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity”So we can say that a good synonym for integrity is honesty.  In the ESVof the Bible most all of the verses that contain the word integrity are in the Old Testament, leaving only Titus 2:7 in the New Testament. Closely related verses containing the word honest or honesty are also primarily from the Old Testament. Take a look at these twenty important Scripture quotes regarding integrity and honesty.

God’s Promise

1 Kings 9:4-5 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ (The LORD speaking to Solomon)

Psalm 41:11-13 By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity,and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,from everlasting to everlasting!Amen and Amen.

Proverbs 2:6-8 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 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.

Psalm 2:20-21 So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it

Man’s Plea and God’s Defense in light of Integrity

Genesis 20:5-6 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. (King Abimelech having a conversation with God about Sarah, Abraham’s wife)

Job 2:3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”

Psalm 25:19-21 Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!  Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

Psalm 26:8-12 O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;redeem me, and be gracious to me.My foot stands on level ground;in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 26:1-3 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

Integrity Doubted and Judged

Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” (Job’s wife mocking Job after great tragedy)

Job 31:4-8 Does not he see my ways and number all my steps? “If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit; (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!) if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands, then let me sow, and another eat, and let what grows for me be rooted out.

Psalm 7:8 The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

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.

Walking with Integrity

Job 27:1-5 And Job again took up his discourse, and said: “As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

Psalm 101:1-2 I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? Will walk with integrity of heart within my house;

Proverbs 20:7, 11 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him! Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Titus 2:7-8 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Christian Quotes About Integrity

“We must be the same person in private and in public. Only the Christian worldview gives us the basis for this kind of integrity.”  ~ Chuck Colson 

“Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed.”  ~ David Jeremiah 

“According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one.”  ~ John MacArthur 

“Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity.”  ~ Chuck Swindoll

Source:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-integrity-20-important-scripture-quotes/

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Corporate or Christ Like?

Time and time again I hear the same complaints from friends of mine working in churches and Christian ministries.

Their complaint?  Well, it’s quite simple and quite sad if you ask me. It’s also a huge problem that we are all guilty of at some point in our Christian walk. 

The issue is the call to live like Christ within the corporate world and how Christian people in management adopt corporate over Christ-like behavior more often than not.

This is something that bothers me beyond what I can express on paper.  I could type all night and still not be able to express how distasteful and horrible it is to see well-meaning Christian leaders place their faith under their behinds and act out in ways that do not reflect the love, transparency, and honesty of Christ.

I mean really.  Did Christ lie about things when he was asked a question?  Did he live his 3-year ministry pretending to be someone he was not for the sake of the Cross he had to one day endure?  Did he tell little white lies to not cause riots in the streets where he preached?  How about His disciples?  Where they hypocrites for the sake of the people they ministered to or those who were under their discipleship?

Then why on earth do we think it is okay to act without honesty, transparency, and love for our brothers and sisters in our workplace?  If we are truly followers of Christ we should be the same people at work, church and at home.

The way things are done in the corporate world is not necessarily how Christ would choose to accomplish things.  I often wonder how our Christ would walk around in the streets of NY City or Miami Beach, getting shoved around and made fun of because of His teachings at bus stops and public places.  He would probably be arrested as He was over 2000 years ago.  And we see clearly by reading the gospels that he did all the things his Father called him to do for the benefit of mankind regardless of the consequences.

The apostle Paul explained it like this:  “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:23-24).  Christians in the workplace should be motivated by the desire to glorify God and to inspire others to desire to know him not push others away because of our false testimony.

In a book entitled Your Work Matters to God, Douglas Sherman and William Hendricks write:

“The key to bringing the culture and the church back together, to renewing the workplace and reforming the church—may well be a movement of people who are known for their hard work, for the excellence of their effort, for their honesty and unswerving integrity, for their concern for the rights and welfare of people, for the quality of the goods and services produced, for their leadership among coworkers—in short, for their Christ-likeness on and off the job.  What could an army of such workers accomplish?”

Friends, if you work in corporate America, don’t be corporate, be Christ-like.  The whole world is watching you, both Christians and non-Christians.  How you handle things in the office behind closed doors is Gods business too!
The people you may talk about, be upset at or intend on reprimanding unjustly are under the same sun as you and are part of God’s creation.  This is especially important to remember if God has gifted you with authority in your workplace.  Don’t think for a moment that God honors your corporate un-Christlike behavior.  If we follow Christ and are being discipled by Him, we are called to set aside the ways the world manages things and adopt Christ as our model and CEO.

Lots of Love 

For resources of God at work check out http://www.thehighcalling.org/work

Jealousy And Envy Among Us?

It has happened to everyone, myself included.  You’re out working very hard on a specific project.  You might be the lead cook at a ministry for homeless people or the lead person in charge of a huge project management assignment.  Maybe you are leading a study for disabled people because you yourself were disabled and God has spoken to you about sharing your experience with others in the same position.  If you’re a mom or dad, maybe you are in charge of an important area at your child’s school.

So there you are, doing your work, minding your own business.  The day could not be better.  Then, out of nowhere comes someone else, whose qualifications surpass yours, or maybe you have come to the conclusion that they have no qualifications but they exhibit a certain character with radiance and charm that draws people to them. All of a sudden that seems to infuriate you. 

They buzz around you with ideas and suggestions.  They have many plans and show great enthusiasm in helping you in your efforts.

You may not be aware but your superior be it God and or man has sent this person to assist you and take on some of your responsibilities. 

Your face gets red, your blood boils and you feel like saying: “What the heck.  Who is this person and why do they want to take away the little bit that God has given me to administer.  I am qualified, I have done this for years and I will not accept help or stupid ideas from them even if they have more experience than me and even if they are showing true charisma for the task at hand.  I will not accept an ounce of help.  This is my job, my ministry, my study, my restaurant my swimming class etc… It is mine all mine and that’s that.”

Okay I know I made it seem really extreme but unfortunately, this is the dark, ungodly reaction that many of us have experienced in our lifetime way deep down in our hearts.  The problem is we refuse to accept that we have thought or are thinking in this way. Yet the truth is that on more than one occasion everyone has felt extreme jealousy and seen someone’s helping hand as competition. 

We have a sense of entitlement and believe that if we allow others to participate in helping us, we will lose the praise of men, we will fall behind the scenes and another person will shine instead of us.  This angers us and we go back and forth rationalizing with our “sin infested” minds that what we are thinking is correct.  Ultimately we push the help that God has sent us away because we run a “one-man show” and there is no room for anyone else. 

Unfortunately, this is not what the heart that God desires.  This type of attitude only pushes us away from doing God’s work on this earth. It also creates a wall between us and people, which after time damages relationships.

The bible is very clear about this in the following scriptures:

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.  This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  James 3:13-16

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…  1 Peter 2:1-3

How can we argue with these 2 scriptures?  It is very clear.  Furthermore; to do the will of the Father as Jesus taught in the New Testament is a work for EVERYONE not just for a few chosen people.  I must add however that God does choose certain people at certain times for His plan to be fulfilled but that’s another topic I will discuss in a future post.

If we have received salvation as a gift from God, repented from our sins and allowed Gods Holy Spirit to work in us, then we can’t take on the world by ourselves.  That is not what God designed or what He intended. 

We, the bride of Christ, also known as the body of believers must work together for the purpose God has given us.  We cannot work against each other, being hateful, envious critically destructive or jealous.  We are one body and have to work in submission one to another. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21

We respect and love one another under Godly submission because we are called to do the same with God first and then with our fellow brothers and sisters.  So if God decides or our manager decides or the director decides to send someone to help us, we must accept it with humility and grace.  We may not be happy at first, but that is when we need to kneel down and pray for God to remove any evil thought or demonic wisdom from our brain and our heart. 

If we don’t do this on a daily basis we are setting our self up for a fall.  If pride, jealousy, anger, envy, deceit, selfish ambition, arrogance, lying and many other sins are not recognized and confessed immediately they begin to build a dangerous cover around our hearts that blocks Gods shining love and grace from entering.  It is like when people eat poorly and their arteries get clogged.  Once an artery is clogged, the blood can no longer flow freely and the person suffers a heart attack that can be fatal. 

When we have sin that we do not confess and we keep it in our hearts and minds, it blocks the flow of Gods precious Holy Spirit from working in us and through us.  And in most cases, it leads to a definite death of the soul. 

Do you have jealousy or envy right now in your heart? 

Cry out to God and ask Him to reveal to you the things or people in your life that are causing this reaction in you.  Ask God to remove the jealousy and envy and fill you with His spirit so you can see others as He sees them.

The road to perfection in Christ is not an easy one and we all fall short but He that is in us is greater than he that lives in the world, so we can say with confidence: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

Amen and Amen ~~ Mariana ©