Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
Job 27:5 Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
What does integrity mean to you? We learn since early age what is honesty. We are drilled on the right things we have to always do, and the wrong things that always will bring forth a punishment. We are taught to be honest. But rarely were we taught to have integrity. What is the difference? What does it mean to have integrity before God? Are we being integral before God in all we do?
Honesty vs. Integrity
Honesty is truthfulness, sincerity or frankness – Its synonyms are integrity, probity, rectitude. When we are honest truthfulness in all we do is our companion
Integrity is adherence to moral and ethical principle. It is the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished. Its synonyms are rectitude, probity, virtue. When we have integrity all we do is truthful, right and in accordance with our values.
Integrity of the world
It shows you can be trusted. It shows you will do the right thing of what you are told.
Integrity before God
Is doing everything in accordance to God’s values stated in His Word.
When we look at integrity before God we have to see that is not only having the moral and ethical values that the Word of God gives us, but the major part is to follow, put in practice and maintain it in us over all types of circumstances that may come, even if people do not agree or the circumstances are not in our favor.
Integrity before God means we want and desire with all our hearts to honor Him, obey Him and serve Him in every way, circumstance and situation even the worst ones.
Is doing what God wants and is right in His eyes over what we think is right and is right to our convenience.
It is faithfulness to God – Job 2:3
Job was God’s faithful servant. On Job 1:3, God describes him as there being no other like him on earth. Do you imagine God saying that about you? Why was Job so special? God answered that saying that he was “perfect and upright.” Job’s faithfulness to God made him perfect and upright.
It is faith in action
When your integrity adheres to the Word of God, (which is your guidance) is maintained. You are using your faith put in action knowing that God is more important than anything else in your life. That every situation that come you decide to stay by His side than drift away from Him.
Your faith is shifted towards doing everything for His glory whether in word or action even in the worst times.
In Psalm 25:21 David expresses “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.” David was calling to God while trouble surrounded him and ask God that integrity and uprightness preserve him. Why? Because David knew that if he maintained his integrity before God and kept obeying God over everything and doing what He commanded him instead of taking matters into his own hand, while he waited God will take care of the rest.
We should keep faithful to the Word of God over everything and everyone. We should maintain our integrity before God in all situations even the ones that hurt us.
Maintain our trust, faith, service and gratitude above all things we will be able to say like Job 27:5 “God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.”