Defining Integrity

According to, the definition of integrity is adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

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There was a time in my life that I didn’t adhere to moral or ethical principals. I decided what was moral and what wasn’t, according to my own selfish desires.

I was a liar, a thief, and in a relationship I didn’t belong in. I’m so thankful for God’s grace and that He gives mercy to the undeserved.

Psalm 111:7-8 reads,

All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

When I became a Christian this thing called conviction started to interfere with my life. I couldn’t lie and be okay with it. I went to sleep at night saddened that I was in a relationship that wasn’t pleasing to God. I wasn’t living life with integrity and it was breaking my heart. I can’t imagine how God felt.

It’s easy for us (for me anyway) to decide which of his commandments are more important than the other. I can be faithful to not coveting my neighbor’s car, but I justify that keeping the Sabbath holy isn’t as important.

I can easily rewrite that Scripture and say, “All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy, but I only have to follow the ones that fit into my life. Most of them are true, to be obeyed when convenient.”

Have you been there?

Today, as followers of Jesus Christ, people are watching us. They want to see integrity played out in our lives. Are we keeping our promises? Are we faithful to our employers? Are we seeking the Lord outside of Sunday mornings?

Or are we still living with our boyfriends, taking paperclips from work and showing up Sunday mornings with a hangover?

I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. – 1 Chronicles 29:17

 In what area of your life is God calling you to be faithful with integrity? Please share in the comments below…

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