Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Guard your integrity as a sacred thing.”
While it is usually defined as personal honesty, integrity is the consistency of actions, values, and principles. One may be judged as “having integrity” if they act according to the standards and ideals they claim to hold.
Integrity is expressed in terms of constancy and consistency. It is manifested in an absolute devotion to keeping one’s word. In several studies, integrity, or a person’s adherence to values, ranked as the number one quality sought in a mate and in an employee/employer. Integrity is also the number one quality of leadership. Trust is the glue that holds all relationships together, and trust is based on integrity.
When it comes to determining whom they will do business with, customers rank trustworthiness of the salesperson as their deciding factor. Even if they feel that a salesperson’s product, quality, and price is superior, customers will not buy from that salesperson if they feel that he or she is lacking in honesty and character.
Why is integrity important and what will it do for you?
Integrity is important because it defines who you are, determines how you will react in certain situations, and demonstrates your spiritual condition. Your true identity is revealed by what you do on a day-to-day basis, especially when you are pushed into a position where you have to make a choice between several values.
Having integrity blesses, judges, protects, and guides us. Proverbs 20:7 says, “The just man walketh in his integrity, his children are blessed after him” while Psalms 25:21 says, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me.”
Some people spend so much time worrying about what they said to whom, or how they acted in a certain situation because they have no integrity. A person with integrity never has to worry about what story he told to whom, because he will always be telling the same story. His integrity will protect him.
The God Knows Project Team challenges you to live a life of integrity and purpose. If you were standing before God today, and you asked God to judge you according to your righteousness and your integrity, how would you do? Would God be proud of you, would you be proud of yourself, or would you be ashamed? Do you think that you have a great deal of work left to build your integrity?
Your integrity precedes you and affects all of your interactions with other people and you can boost or hinder your personal reputation by keeping your word, fulfilling your commitments, and standing up for something.