2.1 Discussion: Devotional Reflection-Integrity
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People who exhibit integrity attract others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are principled and can be counted on to behave in an honorable way, even when no one is watching. The Bible gives us great insight to characteristics that we should exhibit as Christians.
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
- Evaluate Christian characteristics from the Bible.
- Bible (New International Version)
- Video: Ted Talk: Simplifying Humility and Integrity
One of the most sought out characteristics in a leader is integrity. After all, if you are going to follow someone, you want to know they will keep their promises and follow through with commitments. As a Christian or someone looking closer to see what the Bible says, know this, that the Bible calls you to live by biblical standards, and this will shape your ethical statement. No one respects a person who talks a good game but fails to play by the rules. What a leader does will have more impact on those they lead than what a leader says. The way you live will speak volumes about who you are. It can be easy to demonstrate integrity when people are watching, but what about how you act when no one is looking? Jesus has something to say about that kind of living. Matthew 6:1 states, “Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise, you have no reward with your Father in heaven.”
If you want to have integrity, you must choose your ethic and live to match it.
Be one who cannot be bribed or compromised because you serve God rather than man. Keep your word, love others in how you talk, and what you do. Your life should line up with your ethics.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27, NIV).
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice” (Proverbs 21:3, NIV).
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (Proverbs 11:3, NIV).
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
3. Watch the Ted Talk: Simplifying Humility and Integrity.
4. Reflect and respond to the following prompts:
a. What does integrity mean to you?
b. Is it possible to live one life publicly and another privately? What are some ramifications of living this way?
c. Describe a time that you were faced with a decision where you didn’t demonstrate integrity in a way you wished you had? What would you do differently?
d. How have you seen your level of integrity evolve over time as you encounter more and more opportunities for it to be tested?
e. If biblical truths, such as those found in Proverbs, are applied in your life, how might that impact your personal integrity?