Integrity is a big deal! People who are true to their word and keep their promises, even under duress are not plentiful – but they are valuable! They can be trusted! Tony Dungy, great NFL coach and committed Christian emphasizes its importance (see pic).
The Psalmist, David, posed this question and made this strong affirmation: “Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle [enjoying the potent, profound presence of God]? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart… Who swears to his own hurt and does not change! … He who does these things shall never be moved!” (From Psalm 15)
In my Bible reading this morning, Apostle Paul had given some assurances to the Christians in Corinth about his intention of visiting them. He was concerned that when he gave an assurance of what he intended to do that he fulfill it, and not be viewed as one who vacillated. He wanted to be true to his word! Most of all he wanted His word to be like that of God and His Savior, Jesus Christ… True! Dependable! Not qualified or vacillating – “yes and no at the same time!” Inspired by the Holy Spirit Paul declared, “All the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Christ! – In Him they were always ‘Yes!” (From 2 Corinthians 1:.15-20) God keeps His word!
Listen, I want my integrity to mirror His integrity, don’t you?!