3 Ways to Increase Your Integrity 

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Integrity seems to be a confusing value in our culture. What used to be wrong is now right and what used to be right is now wrong. Amid our changing culture, we wrestle with the implications of new technology. Artificial intelligence has raised a host of questions. When is it right to use AI? How can it help society and how might it hurt society? If a college student can use ChatGPT to write a paper, how are they learning? Ah, the questions are endless.

The bigger question for you and I is, how are we, as Christ followers, to live a life of integrity? 

The Psalmist David also had questions. He wrote long before AI existed or the challenges of our present culture. Yet, he faced the difficulties of his own culture. Amid his wrestling, he wrote what I call the “Psalm of Integrity.” In Psalm 15, he is musing with God in prayer about what righteousness looks like. We’re privy to his internal thoughts as he prayerfully asks the question, “LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” (Psalm 15:1). In other words, David is asking, what does it look like to live a life of integrity? His answers seem quite simple:

3 Choices to Increase Your Integrity

Choose to speak the truth (Psalm 15:2). Ah, truth speaking. Most of us wouldn’t outright lie. But we might wrestle with speaking the truth from our hearts. Here are three rules for speaking the truth: 1) Don’t bend the truth to suit your motives. 2) Don’t exaggerate the truth to benefit your stories. 3) Don’t hide the truth to protect your image. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to uproot any area where you are not speaking what is absolutely true. Jesus said, “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37). Jesus’ words are convicting to me because I often feel like I must “overexplain” when I say yes or no. Jesus’ instruction is to speak the truth without always having to give a lengthy explanation. Simply yes or no.

Choose to not participate in slander (Psalm 15:3). David goes on to write that we shouldn’t speak words that cast a slur on others. Every person alive is human and, as such, they have weaknesses and shortcomings, including you. So before critical words come from your mouth about another person, stop and pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to put a guard on your mouth. It’s better to speak nothing than to cast a slur on another person. 

Choose to keep your vows and promises (Psalm 15:4). Ah, this sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But in reality, it’s quite challenging. Keep your marriage vows. Keep the promises you make to your children. Keep the commitments you make at work. If you say you’re going to do it, follow through. Be the person others can trust. Don’t be guilty of losing your credibility because you don’t keep your vows or promises. 

Friend, in this new year, ask the Lord to empower you through his Holy Spirit to be a person of integrity. Ask Him to empower you to speak only what is true, to guard you from speaking slander of any kind, and to enable you to keep your vows and promises. Then the world will look at your life and see a person who looks more like Jesus. Your integrity matters.

If you are looking for a Bible study to do with friends this winter, why not try Our Father? Dive into The Lord’s Prayer with me and discover the beauty and richness of Christ’s invitations.

This week on The Connected Mom Podcast, we are talking about friendships, with authors Blythe Daniel and her daughter Calyn.

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