Bible and Integrity
Integrity is a word that means truth, honor, trust. The dictionary defines integrity as “a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, or incorruptibility; incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted. ” In the Bible, Integrity in the New Testament means “honesty and adherence to a pattern of good works. ” If everyone had integrity contracts would never be needed, handshakes would suffice. There was a day when a handshake was a person’s promise to agree on a deal. A handshake was a person’s word.
A person’s word was his/her promise or agreement. The agreement was the contract. The promise was agreed upon with a simple handshake, not a written contract that has to be notarized and signed by both parties. There was a day when a person’s word was his/her honor. There was a day where a person was true to his/her word. Then there came a period of time when people were suing over hot coffee and icy sidewalks in the winter. Now trust went out the window. The handshake was based on trusting each other. It was much easier to do business on a handshake.
Now the contract s has to be drawn up by lawyers and reviewed by more lawyers. Lawyers cost money and time is money. It takes time to get a contract finalized. But, when individual responsibility and integrity was not upheld, then everyone stopped trusting each other and the handshake was not allowed. For a person to have integrity they must first have creditability. Creditability means they will fulfill their promise to do something. Discussion on Integrity2 The author grew up in a community where handshakes were very common, however it slowly faded away.
Integrity then was when people were true to their word. True men and women of integrity are rare. Looking for people of integrity in our generation could be compared to “searching for a needle in a haystack. ” A person is as good as his/her word. There was a day when a person’s word meant credible, honor, trust, and Integrity. Having integrity means to not take bribes or break promises. It also means making decisions that are right and honest. What does the Bible say about Integrity? Jesus is a man of integrity. He is trusted, has creditability, and does not lie. He makes promises he can keep.
He is true to his word. “Jesus says that if our righteousness is going to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, we must be people of integrity. ” The Bible also describes integrity as the truth. What is the truth? Jesus is the only real truth and the only way to attain eternal life. Nobody comes to the Father unless he goes through Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many times, Jesus prefaced His words by saying, “Truly, I say to you,” which, in essence, means “I tell you the truth. ” Jesus never lied, and His actions defined integrity.
Once we come to Christ in faith and repentance, He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit who assists us in developing our incorruptible integrity. It is impossible to have real integrity without Jesus as our Lord and Savior. May the Lord give us strong integrity that becomes incorruptible? Discussion on Integrity3 Bible verses on integrity. Proverbs 2:6-8 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Because everyone sins, no one is perfect. Only Jesus is perfect and has great integrity. Jesus can be trusted because he gives his word and his word is the truth. His word is his honor, creditability, and promise. Trust in Him because he is a man of integrity. Unfortunately, because of the lack of human integrity in society, a person must have a binding contract in order for a guarantee and a peace of mind that the agreement will be fulfilled. However, within my own circle of family and close friends, a handshake is sufficient because we know and trust each other.