Integrity, like dishonesty, is a proactive choice.
Living and growing with integrity is an important theme in Proverbs 10.
9 The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
Like a leopard is recognized for its spots, people of integrity are recognized for their reliability, honesty, excellence, humility, and self-confidence.
The following are 7 habits of Integrity—someone we should all aspire to be.
- Walks a straight path—Integrity does not cheat or cut corners; Integrity consistently does the right thing at all times and under all circumstances, even when nobody is watching.
- Accepts discipline—Integrity lives a disciplined life that treasures knowledge and happily welcomes correction.
- Understands that “too much talk leads to sin”—Integrity demonstrates good judgement: she knows when to talk and when to shut her mouth!
- Works hard—while “lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes,” Integrity demonstrates diligence and strong leadership.
- Speaks words of wisdom and affirmation—Integrity encourages and helps many, knowing that love makes up for all offences; her words are like sterling silver, a life-giving fountain where “yes”means “yes” and “no” means “no.”
- Fosters a culture of integrity—Integrity lives in hope, not fear; when storms of life come, she stands firm; she is incorruptible.
- Develops godly-based core values—Integrity usually has a lasting foundation in God: the fear of the Lord (and hatred of evil) adds length to life.
Value Integrity, uphold her. Your integrity is what determines your reputation.
Remember: It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it (Warren Buffet).
How do you develop integrity in your daily life? When did you fail to have integrity when you should have? Are you living a legacy to be proud of?
A good and honest life is a blessed memorial;
a wicked life leaves a rotten stench (Proverbs 10:7)