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“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” [Proverbs 10:9, TNIV]

So I’ve read this verse quite a few times now… and each time, it sets me thinking about how crucial integrity really is. 

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely…” ~ That is a huge statement. Integrity is one of those words that I find intriguing. It is so flattering for someone to say you live a life on integrity ~ at the same time being an enormous responsibility. 

The responsibility to live in integrity isn’t lacking otherwise, but I think it seems more visible and obvious when you take note and realize others are watching. When you’re looked up to and admired as a person of integrity, it gives you a sort of instant reputation or legacy to measure up to. 

Someone who lives integrity out in their life is going to demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Galatians 5:22-23]. Verse 25 [TNIV] says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  I think integrity, though, is more even than walking in step with the Spirit and growing these fruits in your life. It means living a fruitful life with wisdom added in.

It’s a life of wisdom that is pure, that submits with respect, watches out for the needs of others and puts them first… the list goes on. “… the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” [James 3:17, TNIV]. 

Wisdom starts out by learning to fear the Lord [Proverbs 9:10]. 

Integrity incorporates into your life an awareness of those around you. It is being God-conscious as you live in step with Him, but also others-conscious. Not in a way that seeks to please others with everything you do, but in a way that seeks to serve them humbly.

It’s about having the proper heart attitude as you live each day. Others are watching… and we really have such a power over the window through with they see Jesus ~ whether it is fingerprinted and dirty, smeared with our nonsense, or whether the window is crystal clear because we’ve chosen to live with integrity. 

And so.. integrity is crucial. It not only provides a security for ourselves, but it also lets others see Jesus in us. We can either spark an interest in them to want to know more about Him, or we can turn them off to Him. All because of the way we act ~ because of whether or not we choose to walk in integrity.