The Importance of Integrity

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The state of being complete or undivided, purity. Integrity is a powerful and uncommon trait according to today’s standards. One may be defined and known by his or her integrity. “A man is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has” Henry Ward Beecher. In the real world today, certain levels of integrity are expected in different places. For example, where we find the influence of evil, we find a lack of integrity. Important issues include: what the Bible has to say about integrity, viewing integrity as a choice and integrity in current affairs.

The Bible contains many teachings on the subject of integrity. Proverbs 11:1 says that The Bible also deals with the moral responsibility one has in the commercial world. Absolute integrity is a delight to the Lord. Integrity can be taught through almost any character in the Bible. For instance, Jonah ignored God’s calling, he ran off. God then corrected Jonah’s ways with a real big fish. In a way, it would be like having God beside me in the classroom, it makes life so much easier. With God by my side I would feel no temptation to cheat or take any shortcuts. Cheating or running away from God would be taking the easy way out, as Jonah did at first. God humbled Jonah through the trials he put him through, forming him into a man of integrity. I find that, while God doesn’t speak to us directly, he left us his word, full of examples such as Jonah and his disciples, to teach us to be men and women of integrity. It is his will for us, as Christians, to live the lifestyle as well. The importance of doctrinal integrity and truth is evident in John’s affirmation that nothing brings greater joy to him than to know that his children walk in truth. 2 Corinthians 10:18 s...

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...es in his advertisements, and these are the people that are soon to rule our country. Tearing down our opponents is a childish game that we’ve played all our lives, all to the accomplishment of nothing. We are supposed to love our enemy as ourselves. How can we elect a President that has such poor morals? Because there is no one else! This shows the rarity of a good honest man now a days.

I feel that God led me in writing on integrity. He has blessed me with a humble heart and helped me to open my eyes to see how much this world needs good Christian people with integrity. Integrity is one simple word that effects how the world is ran, it is also more than just a decision, it is a life choice. That is why our leaders of today and tomorrow need to step up and raise the standard. After all, Charles Simmons once said, “Integrity is the first step to true greatness.”

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