Summary: Our integrity is a precious commodity.
3 As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils, My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit. Far be it from me that I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live. NKJV
Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity. NKJV
--I want to point out to you that you possess a very valuable thing
-- It is yours, and yours alone
-- No one can take it from you, no one can tear it from your grasp
-- It is a very powerful attribute
-- It defines who you are
-- It is your Integrity.
What is Integrity?
-- In the moral free-fall in which we live
-- Integrity seems to be an abstract concept at best
-- Websterâ€™s defines it as the adherence to a code of morals or values
-- It is the sum total of your Honesty, your Character, your Righteousness, and even your Godliness.
-- It is a precious thing that is easy to lose and hard to restore.
-- One rash decision, one bad choice, one weak moment can cost you the integrity that it will take yearâ€™s of faithfulness to restore
Perhaps this is why Job was so adamant:
-- Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
-- My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go
-- If I could encourage you to do any one thing this year it would be to hold fast to your integrity and do not let it go!
-- Integrity doesnâ€™t happen on accident
-- Although it may be displayed in a moment and while it may be destroyed in an instant
-- It is not something that is easily gained
-- It is the product of faithfulness
-- Of decisions made day in and day out
-- It tested a multitude of times in a day and each time it is tested it gains in stature
-- Integrity is the composition of an untold multitude of right decisions, of honest statements, of good character and godly living.
-- Hold fast to your integrity
An Honest Scale
-- Job said â€œLet me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrityâ€