Integrity refers to the quality of being honest and truthful and having strong moral principles. It involves having a commitment to doing what is right, even when it is difficult or unpopular. People with integrity are known for their reliability, trustworthiness, and consistency in their actions and decisions. They are also known for being transparent and accountable for their actions and for upholding their values and beliefs even in the face of adversity.
Scripture is filled with men and women of integrity. Jesus, of course, is the ultimate example of one such person. He remained faithful to God's will, even when it meant suffering and ultimately dying on the cross for the sins of humanity. However, several others led lives of integrity. Job, Joseph, Daniel, Ruth, and Esther are some names from the Old Testament. Mary, John the Baptist, Peter, Paul, and Stephen are some names from the New.
Regrettably, in a world that constantly compromises with the truth, there aren't too many men and women of integrity these days, so let us choose to be such people today. How can we develop integrity?
Identify your values - Start by identifying your values and what is important to you. For the Christian, this is easily done because we get our values from the Bible. This will help you establish a foundation for making decisions and taking actions that align with your beliefs.
Live with consistency - Consistently live out your values and beliefs, even when it's challenging. This means making choices that align with your values, even in difficult situations.
Practice honesty - Be honest with yourself and others, even when it's difficult. This means admitting your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions.
Keep your promises - Follow through on your commitments and keep your promises. This helps build trust and credibility with others.
Learn from your mistakes - When you make mistakes, learn from them and use them as an opportunity to grow and improve.
Surround yourself with positive influences - Surround yourself with people who demonstrate integrity and who will support and encourage you in your efforts to develop integrity.
Practice self-reflection - Regularly reflect on your thoughts, actions, and motivations to ensure they align with your values and beliefs.
Seek accountability - Find an accountability partner or mentor who can provide guidance and support as you strive to become a person of integrity.
Remember that developing integrity is a lifelong journey requiring ongoing effort and self-reflection. But by choosing integrity today and consistently practicing these principles, we can become people of integrity!