Lesson 10:Integrity: Wholeness and Holiness
“Titus 2:7 says that; In everything set them example by doing what is good. In teaching integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. “
So how does the bible define integrity or what does the Bible say about integrity?
- It means treating people fairly and honestly (Leviticus 19:35)
- The lord will test and judge your integrity( Psalm 7)
- Integrity is giving your word and keeping it (Exodus 8:28)
- Integrity will protect you-David prays that integrity and uprightness will protect him( Psalm 25:21)
- Integrity is more valuable than riches (Proverbs 28:6)
- The Lord hates lies and lack of integrity (Zechariah 8:16)
- Integrity will be rewarded (1st Kings 9:4-5)
- Your integrity should set an example(Titus 2:7)
This week’s lesson guide is all about integrity. Can you be counted among those who can tell the truth? If someone asks about your personality, would integrity be one of them? In the Bible, integrity has been closely associated with health, holiness and wholeness.
Personal integrity has been known to produce positive hormones to our body for us to enjoy our happiness and health. It is all about constant actions, values, methods and measures and principles. If we consider the life we are living right now, does it act according to God’s integrity? Does your everyday action give you joy and good health?
For our actions to be aligned with his; we should align our roles, resentments, our worship, identity and our prayers so that we can become an integral part of his life. This will set us apart from other people.
Integrity is also one of the personalities that make people become role models to children and other young adults. Look at our parents, how much have they sacrificed for us, they gave us everything that we needed. This kind of virtue is what is in most of us and it makes us appreciate others and at time, sacrifice what we have to make them happy. Just like a cloth is woven, so should our character be woven on a daily basis. For us to have the highest integrity, we ought to look at God and see the example he has given us. He never lies, nor changes his mind (Numbers 23:19)
In a world where cheating is the norm, how do you get to be the person you desire to be? As youths, we should know that God looks at the heart and not the personal appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). If we put this into action, we will try to be better with our actions and have that commitment towards integrity.
In conclusion; the Bible values integrity, our actions as Christians and as youths should match our words. We have several people in the Bible who have lived with integrity, God’s men who have lived in consistent with God’s teaching, and they put God’s way before their own. As youths, we can maintain and develop biblical integrity by adhering to God’s values, spending time with him, trusting in him and letting him live in our lives.