There are sixteen references in the Bible about integrity, and four of these occur in the book of Job describing his character. Job was a man who remained steadfast in his integrity in spite of the tests he faced.
Integrity comes from the Latin word integritas, which means wholeness, entireness or completeness. The root word "integer" is often used in math to represent a whole number, meaning untouched, intact and entire. Literally, integrity means you have a complete soul. It's not synonymous with ethical behavior, though ethics will often follow, but is more related to the whole concept of "being" rather than "doing." You don't attain true integrity through a series of behaviors (doing) but by being internally transformed through a personal relationship with Jesus.
God is into making integers; Satan is into fractions. God desires to bring people to wholeness, putting all the pieces together which will ultimately take place in heaven when we're united with Him. Satan, working through the vehicle of sin, tears things apart, dividing people and bring confusion and conflict. Remember, God's plan will ultimately succeed, and His universe will one day become one glorious integer (whole and complete). But until that happens, you and I must live in a fractional world and experience the problems that come from fragmentation.
must continually be built in our lives through the disciplines of
our faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot place confidence in our own integrity
and relax and become lazy, or we will soon regress into a pitiful
state. Ted Engstrom said, "No matter how much we try to hide
our actions, our integrity (or lack of it) always shows through." Integrity
of character occurs when there is consistency between actions and
inner convictions over time. Strong Christian character results from
both human effort and divine intervention.
The above noted character quality is an excerpt from Rod Handley's latest book, "Character Counts For Quiet Time and Small Groups" (Volume 1).In addition to sixteen different character qualities, you get a number of Scripture references and appropriate small group discussion questions. This book is perfect for any age, giving helps on how to live out the Christian life. It's retail price is $6.95. Additional character qualities will be put into future volumes.