Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Verse 20 pairs integrity with its opposite trait, having a “crooked heart.” God detests those immoral people. Yet, don’t we always say God loves everyone? How does that work? He loves the people but detests the attitude, the actions, the crooked heart of those who are not living honest, upright lives. God “delights” in those with integrity. I want to delight him, don’t you?
When you honor God with your integrity, you are also honoring yourself. What are characteristics or ways you can live to be full of integrity? Keep good company, do the right thing, be confident, make a difference, be loyal, etc.
We can only benefit when we surround ourselves with other positive people, with people who have a strong faith, and those who have a good reputation. In a community like that, there is more of a focus of building each other up rather than tearing each other down. There is so much to be learned from each other when there is a common bond and trust. I think of groups on the internet I’m part of, as well as Bible study groups.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “take the high road.” It simply means doing the right thing even when it’s not the “popular” or even the easy choice. Historically, this probably goes back to the Roman road builders who would elevate the roads so the water would run off and not cause it to get muddy or soggy. Taking the high road would be the smart path so you didn’t get stuck in the muck.
Strong integrity-filled leaders lead with confidence. They don’t sway with the wind or let themselves be influenced by the wrong people. Be strong and courageous and don’t give in to what may be a “popular” view of society. Just because everybody is doing it doesn’t make it right. People with integrity are confident in their foundation and don’t crumble with a little opposition.
How are you making a difference in the world around you? I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to be make a place better after having been there. I remember housesitting for my brother. I know he is a stickler for neatness, so when I left, I wanted it to look as if I had never been there. I loved when he asked me, “You did stay at the house, didn’t you?”
It takes some practice to be person with integrity. It’s more a way of life that you need to become accustomed to. You have to want to do the right thing and want to be loyal, trustworthy, honorable, resilient, honest, and noble. It’s not the easy way out. But God will delight in you, and to me, that’s worth it!
Let’s pray … Lord, I pray that my actions reflect I’m living an integrity-filled life. It’s hard at times to stay focused and not let the world’s message sway me off course. I want to be devoted to you and ready to become the best version of me I can be. In doing so, I pray for resilience, honesty, confidence, and a clear vision of how you want me to live. I pray I delight you today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.