This concept of integrity has been on my mind and heart lately.  Questions about what it really means and how it applies in our lives as Christians. I began to study things related; I began to ponder who I've known that displayed integrity, or what I thought was integrity. I invite you all to give this some thought. It has been an interesting study.

Being a teacher I tend to follow a pattern when I study a subject. I look for definitions that we all can relate to. I look for background on a subject. I look for applications within the scope of my subject of study.  So, following my pattern, I looked for the worldly definition of this word integrity...

Wikipedia refers to integrity as a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.  And further, The word "integrity" stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). In this context, integrity is the inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that they act according to the good values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold. and then...
In the Bible, the Hebrew word translated “integrity” in the Old Testament means “the condition of being without blemish, completeness, perfection, sincerity, soundness, uprightness, wholeness.” Integrity in the New Testament means “honesty and adherence to a pattern of good works.”
I then looked for application of this concept of integrity in the scriptures and found quite a bit, but in Proverbs and Titus the biblical wisdoms spoke the loudest to me...consider the following scriptures

Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who
makes his ways crooked will be found out.  This tells me that integrity is secure and the opposite of dishonesty.

Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. I see here that the character displayed through a heart guided by integrity can keep us from destruction.

Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. I understand that those without integrity; honesty and good moral character; will fall.
And, finally, for this study we see in Titus 2:7-8 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.  Does that mean that some will never have anything evil to say about us? No, we know that evil and gossip is often a way some use to hurt us...but, it DOES mean that our good moral character, our credibility, our INTEGRITY will be such that there will be no proof behind the evil attacks. In this we can feel confidant.

I'm learning already that to be a Christian that displays what God asks we are to have integrity in our lives...or, more accurately BE a man or woman of integrity, because I've come to understand that integrity is not something we can put on and take off. Integrity is what we are, not what we do. It is our good moral code.
Jesus was our perfect example of one with PERFECT integrity. He is our example. We will not be perfect, but we know who we look to.

Spend some time to reflect on those in our lives who are men and women of integrity. They are easy to spot now that you know what to look for. They are people who are honest and have good moral character. They are consistent in that character. They are often ones who are lied about, attacked and gossiped about. They are ones who stand for truth in spite of heavy ridicule. They are Christians that do not strike back when they have a worldly right to. They are ones that love and respect themselves enough to know who they follow and not let the ugliness of others to cause them to loose that integrity that IS who they are.

So, when we who are not perfect like our Lord are considering what we aspire to, let us consider that word integrity, and understand the God that blessed us with a choice of what we can be.


  1. OH MY! Little Bird I can see your Father in you both Heavenly and earthly. Words of wisdom here...

  2. When I think of integrity on this earth I am always brought to my parents...two most beautiful people of integrity!

  3. Dear Saundra - wonderful post - I think as we grow In the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord - the Holy Spirit steps in and helps us to act with integrity. It is not always easy but it certainly brings peace. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your lovely art as well.

  4. Thank you Debbie...I agree...God is always there helping those who seek Him and His counsel!

  5. Dear sweet neice, wow what a wonderful post! I have a Neice with such wisdom, and integrity of her own! I ran away from evil in the past in hope's that someday my children will see me with integrity and most of all the love I have for them and our Lord! Thank you for this piece! Love your Auntie :)

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  7. Thank you my aunt...I noticed all sorts of typos in my last, let's try again! I love you. I write so I can test MYSELF...I hope people can do the same for themselves. And, I think people see integrity, sometimes they may not want to acknowledge it is there. You are loved!!