Values — INTEGRITY — The Case For keeping Your Soul
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36
— possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral Godly principles or professional standards
— strong adherence to a code of moral, ethical principles or values
The value of integrity is evident in God, as in Jesus as also in the Holy Spirit. What is true of One is true of all. They are one and inseparable in nature, in character and in will. We know them all through Jesus Christ.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30
Sureness, steadfastness, immovability, unchanging, uncompromising are just some of the words used to describe the integrity of God. His Word and His will do not change for the sake of expediency, in order not to offend, to be liked or to be acceptable to men nor angels. His Word is His will.
He does not say one thing and mean another. He does not oppose Himself. He is not conflicted or confused as is the nature of humankind without Him.
Integrity is most evident when we face temptations or challenges to our values. Will we be consistent and stand for what is right or will we cave, give in and act contrary to what we profess to be the truth, particularly to gain wealth, influence or power?
Integrity is also about keeping our word, whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Once given we will not lightly dismiss our promises or make lame excuses for not feeling up to fulfilling them or being too busy, or a host of other ways men attempt to get out of their commitments. (Circumstances beyond our control excepted)
“In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” Psalm15:4
It’s also funny how often when we do lay our feelings aside in order to fulfill our word God adds a deeper dimension of blessing to the moment greater than any we would have expected.
Having integrity doesn’t mean we are always right in what we do but that our heart motivation is right toward God and His laws. Integrity is also measured in the things we do wrong when our heart motivation is pure.
When Abraham told Abimelech that Sarah was his sister, believing that if he told him the truth, that she was his wife Abimelech would have killed him and taken her for his wife, Abimelech took Sarah to have her, but God intervened and did not punish Abimelech because he pleaded that he did not know that Sarah was Abraham’s wife.
“Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.” Genesis 20:5-6
Integrity is highly valued before God and is a pathway to blessings for all of your days, whether rich or poor. In whatever circumstance of life we may be, we can and we are expected to keep our integrity intact. And when we do, blessings are extended to us, and to our generations to come.
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” Proverbs 11:3
“Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.” Proverbs 19:1
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverb 20:7
Finally, by integrity we show to the world God’s faithfulness to us and we demonstrate the measure of His working in our lives to conform us to the image of Christ.
It was on the basis of the integrity of his father David that God promised Solomon the throne of Israel and that His descendants would not cease to rule for all generations to come. And Jesus is the final and eternal King to rule on that throne.
“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments…” 1 Kings 9:4
In Jesus Christ our Lord we are made to be partakers of that same promise.
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6
Our integrity is not for sale. We do not suspend it to please men. It is not negotiable.