Integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. It means being righteous from the very depth of our soul, not only in our actions but more importantly, in our thoughts and in our hearts. Personal integrity implies such trustworthiness that we are incapable of being false to an agreement.

In ancient Rome, fine pottery was relatively thin and fragile and often would develop cracks after firing. Rather than remake the piece, unscrupulous shops would fill the cracks with hard, dark wax and then sell it as new. If you took your purchase home and put it outside, and in the blazing Mediterranean sun, parts of it would start to melt. Society wants success at any cost.

Jesus is our model of integrity. His life matched his character and being. He was different from the teachers of the law. Jesus was who He was, inside and out. Integrity, for Jesus, was to show what God was like—truth and grace wrapped into a human package.

Each of us has a sphere of influence and a group of people who are watching us carefully. They are scrutinizing every word and hoping we will mess up. But God wants us to be people of integrity.

When you walk with God, live a godly life, and do what He wants you to do, it drives some of them crazy. And so it should. It is the power of a good testimony.

Does your inner life of patience, goodness, and self-control flow outward into deeds and words that bless others?

"Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered." Proverbs 28:18