Integrity: When No One is Looking

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 Integrity…what a powerful, yet oddly unfamiliar word.  You have probably heard someone described as a person of integrity, but have you ever truly stopped to examine all that this foundational characteristic entails?  Webster’s dictionary states that integrity is adherence to moral and ethical principles and a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition. By worldly standards, these definitions can simply be labels put on those that do good, act good, or live good.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many people out there who are genuinely good people, but you are not called to be like the masses.  You are not called to live a life of good, but because of the sacrifice of your Savior, you are called to live a life that is holy. You are called to live a life that is not aligned with the norms of society, but a life that is aligned with the characteristics of your Heavenly Father.

When you take away the lenses of this world and replace them with the lenses of the Spirit, these simple definitions become more alive and more powerful than you have ever imagined.  They become the foundations and standards for how you live out this one incredible and precious life you have been given.  They become the standards in which you measure a life that is purely and wholly lived unto the Father.   

Even though you live in a world that is full of corruption and chaos, under a governmental system that is flawed, and among people that are divided, the world as a whole believes in the concept of morality. 

Even those who are far from God and seek to do harm, believe in establishing a system founded on principles and rules of right conduct or the distinction of right and wrong.  Principles are the foundation for how order and unity are established.

How does this apply to you?  You are a daughter of the good Father, Who has established a Kingdom order of righteousness and holiness to provide a path for you to be more like Him.  Not only did He establish Kingdom order for you, but He sent His only Son to be the pattern and example for how you, as a child of God, are to walk out this life with the same nature and heart of your Heavenly Father.

 Digging Deeper

Look inward, if God’s nature and character are the standard for righteousness, what do you see?  Look at your habits, tendencies, finances, work ethic, relationships…are they aligned with the character of God?  This kind of introspection will help lead you to become more pure and more righteous, just as He is.  This truth changes the lenses from right and wrong to God or not God.  Psalm 33:5 says, “The LORD loves righteousness and justice, the earth is full of his unfailing love.”  Take some time to ask Holy Spirit to reveal some places in your life that are not aligned with the character of God.  Take these areas to the Father in repentance and asked to be filled with His heart and His nature.  When you make it the priority of your life to know who He is and align yourself with His character, you won’t have to strive to be a woman of integrity, for it will become your nature.

 

~Tami Wittrock
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – Papillion

 

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