Integrity is a matter of honesty and being a person who keeps their word. It’s a matter of dependability. Are you someone others can depend on? This trait is valuable in literally every single relationship you have or will ever have. When you make a promise or otherwise fail to live up to your word, you jeopardize that relationship and let others down. Keeping your word and being a person of integrity builds trust and strengthens the relationship.
It Is A Matter of Integrity
Many people may be challenged by the idea that word-keeping is a matter of overall integrity. But tell me, how can a person have integrity if they routinely fail to keep the promises they have made? In the New Testament, integrity means “honesty and adherence to a pattern of good works.” Keeping your word is a good work that rightly follows those who seek to live by God’s standards. As a Christian, you are called to be a person of integrity.
Think about these passages of Scripture:
- 33 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. – Matthew 5:33-37
- 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. – James 5:12
- Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. – Colossians 3:17
(…and there a multitude of others…)
As a Christian, your life is to honor God in everything you do. Keeping your word is a fundamental aspect of living a life of faith that is pleasing to the Lord.
Integrity is Necessary
Keeping your word is the essence of integrity. Integrity is required for trust. Therefore, keeping your word is the basis of every relationship you will ever have. As Stephen Covey points out, it applies to business as well: “honesty is making your words conform to reality. Integrity is making reality conform to your words.”
Trust is necessary for influence and if you want to impact the lives of others…if you want to live a life of impact…you must build it on integrity.
Keeping your word can be difficult. It can be expensive. Keeping your word can be inconvenient. But above all, keeping your word can reflect Christ and the person you desire to be.
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