As we enter 2023, a resolution on everyone’s list should be to live with integrity. C.S. Lewis once said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
Integrity should be one of the cornerstones of our life. So, how do we measure integrity? Integrity is measured by Scripture. Live by the commandments and teachings of the Bible and integrity will follow. It’s that simple!
God’s Word uses examples of fair dealing to emphasize this. Deuteronomy 25:13-15 says, “You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise, and you must use full and honest measures. Yes, always use honest weights and measures, so that you may enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” And Proverbs 11:1 says, “A false balance and dishonest business practices are extremely offensive to the LORD, but an accurate scale is His delight.”
These Scriptures clearly show the importance God places on integrity. It makes sense since He is perfect, sinless, holy, and full of justice. As God’s children, He expects us to strive toward certain standards as well. He understands that we can never be perfect and loves us as we are, but He still expects us to learn from His Word and work toward our spiritual maturity every day.
Jesus is our perfect example of what living a life of integrity is all about. If we saturate our lives in the story of the life and ministry of Jesus recorded in the Gospels, and pattern our lives after Him, we will grow in personal character and integrity. In fact, this is what we are called to do. The goal of the Christian life is to become more and more like Jesus!
If we want to live our best lives, we must live with integrity. An upright heart will draw us ever nearer to God. Integrity is a central trait in the life of every child of God. Living a life with integrity will make a meaningful impact on you and everyone you encounter.
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