“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
1 Peter 2:12 KJV
“A good name is worth more than riches”- this adage is old but is forever gold because it is true. We are in a world that consistently tries to tamper with our integrity and steadily hunts after our convictions but the good news is even though we are in this world, we are not of this world. (Phil 3:20 AMP)
The subject of integrity is a must have in the body of Christ. This is so because in all our endeavours (career, relationships, etc), not only our reputation is at stake, God’s reputation too is at stake.
Similarly, Peter tells us the importance of living a life of integrity:
“Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].” – 1 Peter 2:12 AMP
People may never praise you for your integrity but best believe they’re observing it. By their observations, even though they may tag you as a bad person, they will glorify God because of you.
The fact that all that you do involves God and how you represent Him to the world should make you want to do better. You can’t afford to build your convictions based on popular opinions. Your convictions must be from the word of God and you must stand firm on them.
“Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart].” – 1 John 5:21 AMP
Myles Munroe of blessed memory once said “a person of integrity locks themselves up in the prison of their own convictions”. In this light, understand your convictions, know why you believe what you believe so that nobody can talk you out if it.
The question you probably have in mind right now is “is it actually possible to keep my integrity in this world?” – YES, IT IS. You have the Spirit of truth in you.
Here are few helpful tips:
Firstly, find satisfaction in the integrity of God and be bold in His power. Know that God would always come through for you, regardless.
Secondly, keep a company of friends who share your convictions. For example, Daniel and his friends (Daniel 1:6).
Lastly, learn to say no! Say no to compromise and to anything that is against your nature in Christ.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:11-17, Colossians 1:1-14, Psalms 123-124, 1Chronicles 1-2.