Found in Proverbs: Integrity
‘Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.’ (Proverbs 10:9)
‘The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.’ (Proverbs 11:3)
‘“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer - then goes off and boasts about the purchase.’ (Proverbs 20:14)
To have integrity is to be honest with our whole lives. This means that we are the same person when spending time with one group of friends as we are with another, or that our life at church is the same as it is for the rest of the week. When we live with integrity we can feel more confident and open, rather than feeling like we’re constantly waiting to be found out. If you are a person of integrity, you will do what you say even if nobody else is looking.
Another way of thinking about integrity is about being solid or 'whole'.
We are one person who isn’t plagued by ‘duplicity’ or the confusion of trying to be many different people at once in order to please everyone. A good question to ask is, “What is the most straightforward and honest thing to do here?”
In Proverbs 20 v 14 we see a key issue in our culture of dishonesty. How many times have we said to someone, “I haven’t revised at all for this exam,” when in fact we’ve put in hours of work? Or insisted, “I’m good, everything is fine,” when a friend checks in during the midst of personal struggle? We say one thing and mean another.
When we live with integrity we honour God.
We acknowledge our failures and don’t hide the wrong. We are consistent, reliable, honest and humble enough to admit when we need help.
Katrina is a first year Sports student at studying at Durham University. Although often missing her wonderful Cambridge home, Katrina has found Durham to be a hard place not to fall in love with. She is settling into university life by attempting to try all the coffee shops (despite not drinking coffee)! Katrina is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance and knowledge that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.