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The mother of integrity

“Integrity is one of the most important and oft-cited of virtue terms. It is also perhaps the most puzzling.” –Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “integrity”

How puzzling when a man can live long to do right things but just for one single wrong he couldn’t compromise die so soon? And how puzzling when a man could stand for the truth but his silence kills him and millions? Are these puzzle at all?

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” —Esther 4:14

Integrity is the will power we exercise over wrong choices. It is the sure purpose to do what is right without the remorse of its adverse repercussion.

“The greatest want in the world is the want of men.
Men who will not be bought or sold
Men who in their inmost souls are true and honest.
Men who do not fear to call sin by its right name.
Men who’s conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole.
Men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” —Ellen G. White, Education, p.57

In the heat of compromise it becomes the highest order of virtue a person can exhibit. And very beautiful; when you see it, you’ll know it.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” —Acts 4:13 NIV

When we see ourselves as maintaining integrity in our private lives then we have no private life at all.

When you think of integrity as rules and laws, you are nothing less than Jack who goes to school for his mom because mom insist he goes to school. Nevertheless, integrity is love based on the laws of morality, hence, God’s moral law.

“… how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” –Joseph, Genesis 39:9

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s food, nor with the wine which he drank…” —Daniel 1:8

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” —Daniel 3:16-18

You are always right when God said it’s right. And wrong when God said it was right. A deep love to keep God’s Word will result in integrity. [If you love me keep my commandments –John 14:15] Doing right outside love is mere legalism.

It is through love we preserve a pure integrity. Be aware that integrity is not achieved or attained but is simply love at its best.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Does not behave itself rudely, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, keeps no record of evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” –Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Therefore a love to do what is right is the mother of integrity. Don’t seek for any other way, love does it all.

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About Clifford Owusu-Gyamfi

The Life of Christ lives in me

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