Integrity is such a rare thing these days that people have learned to trust no-one. There are so many people who would lie without blinking, while looking into your eyes. There are so many unscrupulous people that the honest ones are just thrown into the mix and everyone is deemed with suspicion. Because we have a business we are often asked for credit and we have lost money as a result. But then you get the occasional individual who is so honest that he will go out of his way to repay R5 he was short when he purchased something. What does the bible say about integrity?
Proverbs 11:3, The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Proverbs 28:6, Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
1 Peter 3:16, having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
Proverbs 12:22, Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Provebs 21:3, To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
2 Corinthians 8:21, providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
These passages make it abundantly clear that God expects us to have integrity, to speak the truth and to be consistently honourable. We can’t be honest in some of our dealings and not in others. We cannot compromise of standards of ethical behaviour, especially in business dealings. If you are a Christian in business you know that people scrutinize you and watch for you to make a mistake. So what must we do? How must we handle things?
Proverbs 4:25-27, Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
Hebrew 13:18, Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honourably.
We have to carry each other in prayer and also keep our friends accountable.
Luke 6:31, And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
This verse says it all. Nobody wants to be treated badly, therefore we must treat people well. We must be honest in our dealings with each and every person. We cannot afford to not be honest. It doesn’t matter how tempting a situation is, we have to remember that the devil is waiting for us to step into his traps.
1 Peter 5:8-11, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
We are in the privileged position to be able to use the grace that God gives us to resist temptation and stay on the narrow path. We also have a good Father who forgives us when we stumble. We are just so absolutely, awesomely and abundantly privileged to be able to call ourselves children of God.