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Being a Person of Integrity (1 of 4)
Introduction: This chapter is a chapter about integrity!
What is Integrity!
INTEGRITY is best defined by some synonyms, such as, ''honesty,'' ''faithfulness,'' ''sincerity,'' and ''innocence.'' It means having a mind free of dishonesty and deception.
INTEGRITY IS DECIDING TO INTEGRATE MY HEART'S VALUES INTO MY DAILY ACTIONS. Integrity comes from the word ''integrate.'' So it's the ability to integrate the values of my heart into my daily actions. In that definition circle the word ''deciding''. That's the key. You don't slip into integrity. Nobody every said, ''OOP's, I fell into integrity.'' It's something you decide on in life. It's important; God places a very high value on integrity. (Prov 28:6 NASB) ''Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, Than he who is crooked though he be rich.''
God says integrity is a lot more valuable than all the stuff I think is valuable. (1 Chr 29:17 NIV) I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
Integrity is one of the things that pleases God. Integrity simply means ''You can count on me, I'll keep my word, I'll be true.'' That is it. It means, ''I am not for sale at any price.''
How is Integrity worked out in life!
INTEGRITY is the old man Polycarp about to be executed but offered his release if he would denounce his faith in Christ saying, ''Eighty and six years have I served my Lord and He has done me no ill. I cannot recant.''
INTEGRITY is a Martin Luther standing before his accusers who believe they have the power to banish him to hell and threatening to do so but offering him a pardon if he will recant his faith and him saying, ''Here I stand, I can do nought else.' ...
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