Integrity is regrettably one of the most lost virtue in the Christian circle. Yet it is just not an option but a virtue for all believers. It is a precious gem, yet affordable to all.
King David was one who was very keen in living up to his integrity. He lived to an extent where he was not afraid to ask God to examine him. In one of his Psalms, he sings; “Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered. Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:1-2). He then finishes by saying; “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me” (Psalm 26:11 ESV). Amy Rees Anderson an entrepreneur writes this of integrity;
If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.
Yes, integrity as put by Amy is exactly doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. For a believer it takes thrusting oneself into the pruning hands of the Holy Spirit to bear this fruit of blamelessness. It takes a total reliance on the faithfulness of God. It encompasses a contrite and broken heart before the LORD.
An upright living before God is not about being perfect, if it were, then David wouldn’t have claimed to be a person of integrity. David faltered before God many times. But why is it that he could boldly make such a claim of integrity? This is the secret of David’s blamelessness; “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart” which the LORD “God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:5). Brokenness, brokenness, brokenness is all the LORD needs. A broken and contrite heart admits sin (any wrong doing before God), repents (turns away from the wrong doing) and seeks restoration.
May you highly esteem your integrity, it is a precious gem. Happy Sunday. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV).
Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can email him or check how you can reach him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.