Living a life of integrity is crucial to our walk with God. He sees and knows all things, yet we do not have to be afraid of His correction as we grow with Him. It is our responsibility to live honest lives, knowing that we are always secure in God, yet appropriately answering to and living in such a manner that pleases God.
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:2-3)
Why Integrity Matters
God looks at the heart. He sees every motive, intention, and decision. As believers, we have a responsibility to the Holy Spirit to live in purity of mind, thought, and action. Our integrity is important to God. It shapes the future of our children’s children.
Proverbs has much to say about it:
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9)
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them” (Proverbs 11:3)
“The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!” (Proverbs 20:7)
What does an upright life look like?
An integrous life is one with nothing hidden–not from God, your spouse, or your close community. It lives fully seen, known, and accountable. More and more, we read stories of believers with platform and fame who have lived in sin or fallen away from the Lord altogether. All too often, this is a result of a lack of accountability. Living with integrity is knowing you don’t just answer to yourself, but to those God has placed around you, and ultimately Him.
If you can recall areas of your life that are hidden, ask the Holy Spirit today to empower you to share vulnerably with a trusted mentor or peer. refuse to partner with the lies of the accuser, telling you to stay hidden. You were made to be loved in the light and truth of God.