As I was spending some time with God, I started to think about all the times I gave my word and was unable to keep it. Sometimes I forget, sometimes I was physically unable, yet sadly too many times I just did not follow through. Immediately, I cried out to God for more of His Heart and His Word inside of me. I knew that I was lacking integrity.
Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you. Having integrity means you are true to yourself and would do nothing that demeans or dishonours you. My sin of lack of integrity was to much for me. I believe that I have received forgiveness and that God has giving me a second chance. Have you ever promise to pay a bill with a certain amount on a specific day and have not? Have you ever told a friend that you will be someplace at a specific time and did not? or have you just lied to avoid an unpleasant situation? While I have. The thought of doing it truly makes me dejected. (They say that confession is good for the soul, but bad for the reputation, but Good with the reputation with God)
If you find that you are lacking in the area of integrity, than please go to God in the name of Jesus and ask Him to help you do better. Why?, because Integrity Still Counts. It was Frank Laws who penned..
"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny
I thank You, Father that we are people of godly character and integrity. I ask now that You will strengthen our character even more than it is now, enabling us to conquer every temptation we face. Help us to be true to what we know is right and give us the ability to walk in integrity of heart. You, Father always provide a way of escape from life's temptations so we are enabled to bear up in the face of testings and trials. Keep our souls, Lord. Let integrity and uprightness preserve us. May we learn to wait on You more. Help us to see that the issues of life spring from our hearts and as we think in our hearts so are we. Give us more of Your grace to keep our hearts with all diligence.
I ask you to help us to be a faithful men and women who are just and filled with the integrity that comes from You, Father. This is my prayer for us, In Jesus' Name, Amen (so be it)
Scripture references - Genesis 20:6, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Proverbs 23:7, Proverbs 4:23
How to Have Everyday Integrity
Keep your promises even if it takes extra effort.
Go back to a store and pay for something you forgot to pay for.
Never betray a friend's trust even if you get in trouble.
Inform the cashier he gave you too much change back.
Do not gossip or talking badly about someone.
Remain true to your spouse or partner.
When in a serious relationship, don't keep secrets from each other.
Return money that you noticed someone dropped without expecting a reward.
Ignore someone's advice on how to cheat on your taxes and not get caught.
Do not let someone else take the blame for something you did.
If someone gives you confidential information, never tell anyone what you know.
When it is obvious to you a relationship is over, don't drag it out but discuss it openly.
Integrity in the Workplace
Work when you are supposed to and save socializing, snacking, searching the Internet and personal phone calls for break time.
Turn in the extra change you found in the soda or snack vending machine.
Show respect to coworkers with appropriate conversation and empathy.
If you are in management, keep your employees informed so they will know what is coming and what needs to be done.
Adhere to company policies and procedures.Be responsible.
Do what you say you will do.Use materials for work and not personal use.
If you make a mistake and a team's project gets messed up or you miss a deadline, own up to your mistake.
Don't let teammates take the fall.Work together as a team.
This builds trust and shows integrity
.Never steal supplies from the workplace.
If you find yourself in a conflict of interest, get out of it as soon as possible.
Don't accept praise of acclaim for someone else's work.
That includes stealing someone's idea or pretending to have worked on a successful project. When making a business deal, make sure everything is on the table and nothing was left out. If your company asks you to do something against your personal code of conduct, refuse.
If it means losing a good paying job, so be it.
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