2 Corinthians 8:21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. (ESV)
There is a cartoon of a business meeting with the man at the head of the table saying: “Everything is negotiable, including my integrity”.
Is our integrity negotiable or questionable? It shouldn’t be! The apostle Paul defines integrity like this: Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (NASB). Integrity always seeks the good of others. It believes that if something isn’t good for both sides, it’s not good for either side. Solomon warns, “Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty” Proverbs 22:16 (ESV).
If we want to test the depth of our integrity, we should consider these questions:
1. How transparent are we with others?
2. How well do we treat people from whom we have nothing to gain?
3. Do we assume different personas depending on who we’re with?
4. Do we put others ahead of our own personal agenda?
5. Do we love people and use things, or love things and use people?
6. Do we make difficult decisions even when it costs us personally?
7. When we have something to say about somebody, do we talk to them or talk about them?
8. Are we accountable to anybody other than ourselves?
These are important questions, so take time to consider them prayerfully. And remember, we may succeed momentarily because of what we know or do, but we’ll only succeed permanently because of what we are.