Thursday, February 04, 2021

Living and Walking In Integrity.

Read: Proverbs 19, Proverbs 11:3, and Proverbs 20:7

My Friend,

Character matters. 
Whether it's in your home life, your business dealings, no matter what or where, character matters. 
Let me ask you, are you a person of integrity?
Character qualities including integrity are woven throughout God's Word and integrity is one of the hallmarks of faith and character.   

If you don't have integrity, I'd submit to you that a lot of the other character qualities cannot be 100% fulfilled. 

You also cannot represent God well in your life if you lack integrity. 

Whether it's living in integrity in your life and work through keeping true to your word, being honest, and keeping true to His Word, really matters.

Another example of integrity is not compartmentalizing who you are in Christ through your life.
What I mean is you need to be a follower of Christ at all times. If you're a person of integrity, you don't just live for Him on "Sunday's" and then live and be someone entirely different in your business practices or life outside of the four walls of the church meeting place. 

Here are a few other examples of a person who lives and walks in integrity:
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity is honest and treats their employees, coworkers, and others according to godly principles. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  doesn't lie or steal.
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  doesn't cheat on their taxes or in any other way.
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  doesn't mistreat or take advantage of others. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity doesn't say that they want to be accountable to others in Christ just to please someone or "tell them what they think they want to hear" only to turn around and prove they really have no interest in the first place. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  strives to follow through with their commitments. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  keeps their word (and keeps God's Word) as they  seek to do what they say they will do.
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity  shows it in their relationships through how they treat people. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity shows it through how they manage their money. 
  • Someone who lives and walks in integrity puts God first in their finances and in every area of life.
The above list is just a representation of some of the areas that integrity is visible or not but God knows you well, knows you well and wants you to live in and with integrity.  

I pray you and I strive to be people of integrity.

Here are a few verses to read, study, and take to heart regarding the importance of integrity: Proverbs 19, Proverbs 11:3, and Proverbs 20:7 for starters. 
I encourage you to pause and pray, asking The Holy Spirit to help spotlight your life when it comes to integrity. Then ask yourself, "Am I a person of integrity?"
May we all live and walk in integrity for His Kingdom and Glory!

I'm praying for you and please pray for me.

Your Brother and Servant in Christ,
Randolph Koch

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