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April 10, 2016
Integrity. With the presidential elections just around the corner, that word is being used and questioned a lot! According to Webster, it means “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility.” Added to that could be “making the right decision when no one else is watching.”
Integrity is something I watched lived out in my youngest son, Jesse. Jesse was in a minor car accident while maneuvering a roundabout in Philadelphia. The other driver put the fault on Jesse, saying he crossed over into his lane. When the police officer and the insurance agent asked Jesse if he could say with 100 percent certainty that he did not cross the line, Jesse’s answer was, “No.” All he could say was he was 98 percent sure, but not 100 percent sure. Jesse’s insurance had to pay the claim. Jesse was not happy with the decision. But my thought is this, “Jesse was honest in his statement.” He could have said he was 100 percent sure, but that would not have been 100 percent honest. And that would have been 100 percent wrong.
The Bible has much to say about integrity.
Psalm 41:12 says, “Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”
Proverbs 10:9, one of many Proverbs to mention integrity, says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”
And then there is the story in Acts 5 about Ananias and Sapphira, who withheld a portion of their offering from the sale of a piece of property. The cost of their lie? Death. Regardless of who sees our actions, God always knows the motives in our hearts. As Proverbs 10:9 says, they were found out, and the cost was great.
Jesse may not have liked the decision of the insurance company, but he can be sure that God was 100 percent pleased with his decision to be 100 percent honest. That alone is reason enough to be 100 percent joyful. Integrity breeds an abundantly joyful life while the lack thereof breeds a spiritually dead life. I choose life!