Integrity – A Matter of the Heart
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity… 1 Chronicles 29:17 NIV
When God measures a person, He puts the “tape measure” around their heart. Who we are is more important to God than what we do. He looks at our hearts, not our activities. If our hearts are right, then our actions will follow.
Integrity, a basic building block in our character, is rooted in our hearts. It begins with a commitment in our hearts to honor and obey God wholeheartedly. Integrity is then manifested by being truthful in all that we say and do. Believers are people of their word, who fulfill promises—even to our own detriment if necessary.
- God has integrity. He does not lie, and we can count on Him always doing what He says He will do. What do the following passages say about the importance of integrity? -— Numbers 23:19; Mark 12:14
- The Lord uses people of integrity. What do these passages say regarding the type of person God uses? -— 2 Timothy 2:20-21; Titus 1:6-7
Question to ponder: Kingdom leaders represent God’s leadership of His people. Are you and your leadership known for integrity?
Passages for further reflection : Joshua 21:45; Luke 16:10