It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God

We become Christians by the work of the Spirit. But, our maturity in Christ and how we practice our faith is determined by the choices we make from the conviction and confidence of our beliefs.

That is what is called integrity.

Michael Jensen, a Harvard Business School professor who has written on the topic of integrity defines integrity like this:  "An individual is whole and complete, when their word is whole and complete, and their word is whole and complete when they honour their word."

Integrity is not restricted to a certain aspect of human behaviour, such as religious devotion. It embraces our entire way of life.

So, the question is, are you a person of integrity? When you say you follow Christ and His Word, do your actions and words show that you do?

If not, you are being a Pharisee, which is being a hypocrite.

Our call is to do as we teach, to do as we say, and to act as we teach others to act.

We have integrity when the values of Christianity come together with consistency  in every area of our lives regardless of the circumstances.

Jesus said these powerful words to an outcast woman from Samaria:

‘It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God . . . . That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship.’ [John 4 ‘The Message’]

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Basically this means we, as people of the faith, we place character, without excuse, ahead of our ambition. Most of all, we will have the focus to glorify God and not ourselves in every situation.

And we must be willing to do this regardless of our comfort, convenience, challenge, or controversy or without excuses.

For your ministry to succeed, you will have to act with absolute integrity. This will manifest itself in two distinct areas: integrity with God and integrity with others.

When we fail to maintain integrity, our families and ministry, and the work that God has given us suffer the consequences.

God Himself, Who created all things, adheres perfectly and completely to all the moral codes and laws that He has created. There is no impaired condition with God. He is complete and undivided. There is no question regarding God's integrity.

Because God is a God of integrity, surely those who profess to follow Him should also walk in integrity. It should be a high priority.

The integrity that God approves has nothing to do with wealth, education, brilliance of mind, outward appearance, or social standing. It is all about the deep, inner core of godly character.

To walk in integrity does not mean that you are flawless or perfect.  But it means that you admit your shortcomings. A person of integrity does not try to cover up mistakes with more results, but rather owns up to them and makes amends where necessary.

King David was imperfect and made several serious mistakes during his life. Yet, the Bible speaks of him as a man who walked “with integrity of heart.” (1 Kings 9:4) Why? Because his heart was devoted to God, he willingly acknowledged his errors, accepted reproof, and corrected his ways.

Stop making promises that you can't keep. Stop committing to activities that you are not going to be hundred percent committed to.  Be a woman of your word. Let your actions be the actions of love.  And let your yes be yes from the heart of the Spirit and let your no be no from the same Spirit.

Our beliefs must be reflected in our words and also our actions. It is critical that our actions be consistent with God’s command for integrity.

"Not everyone who says to me,  Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven". (Matthew 7.21)

The willingness to be like Christ is far more important than the willingness to just preach about Him.  Integrity glorifies God, protects leaders from stumbling, and encourages growth.

May our manner of living show that we respect and appreciate the sovereignty of God in every facet of our life.

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