By Rebekah McCoy
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” Proverbs 28:6 (ESV)
Integrity is one of the most character defining virtues a person can possess. Without it, your relationship with God is hindered. Integrity is not what you do when others are looking, but how you act when you know nobody is watching. More specifically, it’s doing what is right even when there is no one around to make sure you do it. Integrity is a choice.
When nobody is around do you still listen to the same kind of music? Do you still read the same books? Do you still do what you’re told even when the teacher leaves the room? It’s a choice you make out of your own free will. Your integrity lets God know how much you really want to have a growing relationship with Him. God always knows, even when no one else in the world does.
True integrity is not doing the right thing for praise. True integrity is wanting to please God above all else and choosing to do what is right. When your main focus is to please God and that is your reason for maintaining true integrity, He can make you into what He wants you to be.