Personal Integrity

  1. Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
synonyms: honesty,  honor, good character principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousnessmoralityvirtue,

decency, fairness, sinceritytruthfulness, trustworthiness

To be said of him/her: “I never doubted his integrity”

Pastor Fugate gave this illustration this morning – If I found a $50 dollar bill laying on the pulpit and several people were standing around talking, I would be inclined to ask, “Does this $50 dollar bill belong to anyone?” but if no one else were in the room and I found a $50 dollar bill, I could pocket the money and no one would know; but if, I instead turned the money in, knowing it did not belong to me, THEN, I would have personal integrity.

Having strong personal integrity means you do the right thing when no one is watching.

Bro. Hyles used to say, “I’ve had plenty of times in my travels that I could have done wrong or chosen unwisely, but I knew that when I got up in the next morning, I wanted to look in the bathroom mirror and say, “I am shaving the face of an honest man this morning.”

INTEGRITY…

Job 2:3– “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

Psalm 7:8 – “The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.”

Psalm 25:21 – “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”

Proverbs 11:3 – “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors (those that deal deceitfully and unfaithfully) shall destroy them.”

 

Notice the comparison – those opposite of having integrity are “transgressors.”

 

As we come approach the finish line of this spring semester, as busy as you girls are, it would be tempting to take short cuts here and there, and perhaps break a rule here and there just so you can get everything done, or so you think.

Do not take short cuts!  Keep your personal integrity in tact!

I have a question for you –

When YOU stand in front of the mirror tomorrow morning to curl your hair or apply your makeup, will you be looking at an honest woman?  Does the woman in the mirror have personal integrity?

Allow me to be more specific…

Tomorrow or Tuesday morning, when you fill out your activity report stating that you went visiting 3 hours, will that be the truth? Or did you actually go 2 ½ hours?

When you note that you witnessed to one person, will that truly mean you presented the complete gospel to a lost person? Or you got half-way through then had to go?

Here is my suggestion for all of you to get your witness in – GO SOULWINNING FIRST!

If you don’t visit all your bus kids, you will not get demerits for that, but you WILL get demerits for not witnessing and not going a full 3 hours.

I suggest that for the remaining weeks, your teams decides to go soulwinning first until each gets in her witness, then visit your bus kids, and take additional opportunities to witness as they present themselves.

 

Here’s another area – Your work schedule

So, when you complete your work schedule stating that you leave for work at 1:00 p.m. and return at 11:30 p.m., is that true?  Or do you really get off at 10? And you go to the store or run errands.

The rule allows for you to stop at a store or fast food for 20 minutes.  If you sometimes work until the stated time, fine.  But if sometimes you get off earlier, you are supposed to come straight back to campus, then if you want to go somewhere for longer than 20 minutes, get a pass or a 45, then go.

This sounds inconvenient, but a person of integrity who is determined to keep the rules, will do what she has to do to sleep in peace at night and look at girl the next morning who is an honest girl; a woman of integrity.

You say, “Well, everybody does it.”  My response, “People with integrity do not!”

 

Believe it or not, in a Christian college, sometimes students cheat.  Projects and papers will come due.  Will you copy someone else’s paper? Or will you invest the times and compose your OWN paper? A girl who wants to keep her personal integrity in tact, will do her OWN paper.

 

Sometimes I think I think more highly of you, than YOU think of you!  YOU are God’s child! And you (we) should be people of integrity.

If you have personal integrity you will influence OTHERS to have personal integrity.

On the other hand, if you do not have integrity or WEAK personal integrity,  BE CAREFUL – because others will follow your lead, you could then be, to some degree, responsible for the mistakes of others; you could be the reason they trip and fall, because you did not take the high road in the first place.

Every one of you is influencing others of you every day, every second!

If you can be honest when you are alone – do the right thing when nobody is watching, then you are being positioned to influence others for good and for God.

Can YOU look in the mirror tomorrow morning and see an honest woman looking back at you? Does the mirror reflect a girl whose personal integrity is intact?

The God who made you and me, made us for a reason.  He has a plan and a purpose for every one of you!

God can do HIS work any way HE chooses!  Can you believe that He chose to do His work through human instruments? Us?

Psalm 25:21 – “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”

Ladies, I want to influence others to do right; not to take short cuts.

But most of all, let’s do right because of the God we serve.

Don’t do right out of fear of human authority!  We won’t always be here! But do right because God loves you! And you want to please Him.

 

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Zana Reichin

Secretary to the Vice President of Commonwealth Baptist College