Integrity is a fundamental quality, that if not practiced leads to a state of confusion in everyone around you. If you are not true to your word, who would want to do business with you or be your friend for that matter? Something that I was taught a long time ago, is "say what you mean and mean what you say!" The Bible says in Matthew 5:37 “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no ‘; anything beyond these is of evil.” I guess that sums it up...living without integrity is evil. You don't have to stay there...
Does that mean if someone stumbles, they totally lack integrity? Maybe for a time their integrity will come into question. Once integrity has been compromised, it is difficult to regain the trust from others that you once had. Not impossible...but can be VERY difficult. I believe in instilling hope in people where hope seems gone. That is why when someone has gone through a time in their life where they have been less than truthful...they can still pick up the pieces of their life and begin again with integrity at the center of their new beginning.
Take a look at the quote with this picture..."If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it." This is very good advise for all of us to follow when we want others to realize that we are people of integrity.
If you want others to treat you with integrity...you must treat them with like kind. I'm certain that being a person of truth and integrity and living a life with all honesty is the ticket to living a life free from guilt and despair.
The opposite of that is living a life of hypocrisy, guilt and dishonesty...what a sad way to live out your life.
Make a change today to live with integrity...whether anyone notices or not...it's just he right thing to do!
Fly like an eagle...soar through life with integrity and the knowledge that God's strength will carry you through every trial.
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