Bowie Apostolic Church
Proverbs Day 11
Posted on January 14th, 2013

Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Prov 10:9 He who walks in integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

Prov 11:3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

Prov 19:1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.

Prov 20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity --
How blessed are his sons after him.

Prov 28:6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is crooked though he be rich.
Although we are not referring to integrity in this context, it is worth mentioning that integrity can also be used in reference to structure. For instance, if a building doesn't have structural integrity, it is unsafe to enter. Integrity refers to the unwavering ability of a building to stand and be firm in the face of wind, rain and yes even some earthquakes. It refers to the constant truth that the structure will not change. It will not warp. it will not move. It will be constant. Now we can get a mental picture of integrity in reference to character.

Integrity is a part of the character of God and His children. Even if we were not raised with integrity and had none when you came to Jesus, it is well within the power of God to develop that character trait in us. It is an aspect that reflects much of what God is about. Even more, it is not tied to a particularly "type" of person. There is no social status that entitles us to integrity. There is no education level that entitles us to integrity. It transcends all of the superficial categories of humanity. When it comes to integrity, it is just the "haves" and the "have nots."

In ancient Rome, it was an assumption and common belief among the aristocracy that they alone were honest and to be trusted. The poor were assumed to be corrupt. My! How the times have evolved our perception. Even though many still have a stigma against the lower class, everyone is aware that not all rich people can be trusted. Even further, the bible declares that a poor man with integrity is better than a rich man that is crooked. In the common fashion of the bible (especially the light of Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount), the words of proverbs again calls out social stigmas.

In fact, every aspect of God transcends every category of man. Integrity brings blessing to you and your children. Integrity is a guide and yes in a way it brings security in our steps and our decision making. Let us all ask God to give us this very important character trait. After we have asked, let us cooperate with Him so that He may develop it in us. God Bless.



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Sis. Mae - July 11th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Dictionary.com: INTEGRITY: adherence to moral and ethical principles
[insert: Biblical principles]; soundness of moral character; honesty.

Even the little details count.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much (Lk. 16:10).

COMPLETE: Prov. 11:__; A talebearer revealeth secrets:...
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