Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Walk Properly

"So that you may walk properly before outsiders." (1 Thess. 4:12) People may not accept your word or belief, but if your lifestyle is admirable, more often than not they are compelled to trust and admire you. Integrity is no small thing. We are called to walk (live) properly (with integrity) before the world around us. Regarding living a life of integrity, here are some things to consider:
1. A person of integrity fulfills his or her promises. Being true to one’s word, especially when doing so is costly (in terms of money, convenience, physical welfare, and so on), is a core characteristic of integrity. 2. A person of integrity speaks the truth, is honest, and does not lie. 3. A person of integrity is a person of sincerity. That is to say, a person of integrity hates hypocrisy. 4. A person of integrity manifests a wholeness of character, including kindness, compassion, mercy, and gentleness. 5. A person of integrity is committed to the pursuit and maintenance of justice and fairness. 6. A person of integrity loves as, when, and what God loves. 7. A person of integrity is humble. He or she shuns pride and haughtiness. 8. A person of integrity is law-abiding. He or she plays by the rules, both in the Bible and the law of the land. 9. A person of integrity is fundamentally altruistic. That is to say, he is committed not simply to laws and rules but to people. Could a selfish person have much integrity? What about someone who is honest, law-abiding, and fulfills his or her promises but is self-absorbed and egocentric? Does the latter eliminate the possibility of integrity? 10. A person of integrity manifests a high degree of consistency. That is to say, he or she is not always changing the principles on the basis of which they live, unless compelled to do so by the Bible or rational persuasion.[1]
[1]Sam Storms, Copied from: Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Knowing God by Sam Storms, © 2000, p. 245-246.