The Resolution for Women: My Integrity
August 20, 2012 at 6:00 am
A resolution to live with the highest standards of virtue and purity
On our GCH: Resolution Facebook page yesterday, I posed the question: “What does integrity mean to you?” From all the posts, I think we came up with a pretty accurate definition….
If you were to check a dictionary, you will find that integrity is usually defined as a “strict adherence to a moral values, artistic principles, or other standards; complete sincerity or honesty,” or as the “state of being unimpaired; soundness,” and finally as “completeness; unity.”(1) In its usage, “integrity” often has to do with to being truthful and honest, and having moral soundness. In Scripture, integrity is often understood as the state of being complete and undivided in terms of righteousness (Psalm 7:8), uprightness (Psalm 25:21), without wavering (Psalm 26:1); blameless (Psalm 102:2). In the New Testament, is it applied to teaching in Titus 2:7, but the concept of singleness of heart can be frequently found in other passages as well.
I see that having integrity as a Christ-follower means to live boldly without compromise.
In our fallen nature, we are all so very concerned about ourselves and what we “get” out of our life. We all seem to seek things such as happiness, wealth, health and fulfillment in this life. Then, when things go wrong, we tend to feel cheated, abandoned and unloved by God and by our friends and loved ones. When this is the case, our loyalties and affections have clearly shifted from God toward ourselves. Our integrity is undermined, and we can almost hear Satan mocking us and pointing out to God how our faithfulness to Him was not real after all, but was rather a facade of hypocrisy motivated by self-interest.
It is all too easy for us to be great and maintain our joy and contentment when all is well and things go our way, but a person’s true character and integrity is demonstrated when things go wrong. Why?
Truthfully….. it is because it is in adversity that the true motivation of our heart is manifested. It is when we no longer have anything to gain from our integrity in the here and now that our true loyalties and affections are shown for what they really are. Do we really love God? Or do we love what He can do for us? Do we really long for His Kingdom and righteousness, or do we instead long for the personal benefits we perceive in it? These are hard questions to ask, but they point to the very core of our integrity as believers.
Being a person of integrity, then, means remaining unimpaired and sound in God’s righteousness and placing our loyalties and affections on Him… regardless of our circumstances. It means rejoicing in His blessings and accepting adversity not for ourselves, but for Him. It means realizing that our own righteousness is not what it is all about, and that we need Jesus’ righteousness to transform us and shape us in the image of our Lord. It means to learn to really trust God, His love, His wisdom and His sovereign power unconditionally to work out the best for us and for everyone else, through joys and pain, in His own time and way.
It means to remain loyal to Him even when it hurts, not because we seek something else for us, but rather because we are won to Him by His infinite love and grace, and we can only respond by giving all of ourselves back to Him.
Um…… I think this is going to be one challenging week….
I’m not sure yet what all Priscilla has in store for us this week as we look at our integrity, but I pray that You faithfully give each of us the tools we all so desperately need in order to stand uncompromised for Your Kingdom. Help us to see ourselves as we truly are in order to really let You work through our imperfections. We love you, Lord, and we want to remain as pure as we possibly can in order to further Your Kingdom in our fallen world. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen <3
See what the men have going on over at Craig’s blog:
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