The sacrifice of integrity begins with the soul shouting against hypocrisy, moves to the whisper of anticipated regrets and ends with the unsettled silence of selfishness.
Speaking practically, integrity is following God’s way when there is no (immediate) accountability.
It’s not easy to have integrity, because there’s just too many situations and circumstances in life where no one is looking. I’ve found the following blessings when I choose integrity over the short cuts:
- PEACE. One of the deep blessings from God is the peace of mind which defies comprehension. When I willingly make the wrong choice, I’m also making a decision to give up the security that comes from God’s Spirit.
- CLARITY. For me personally, the exercising self-discipline when there’s no external controls works a lot like fasting. The distractions are stripped away and it’s easier for me to hear God speak.
- TRUST. While integrity is an “invisible” discipline, the effects are seen and felt by others. Living with integrity leads to deeper, richer connections with others.
In your experience, what are some other fruits of integrity?
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. (James 5:12, See also Matthew 5:37)
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (Proverbs 12:22)
Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. (John 7:18)