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in·teg·ri·ty / noun /inˈtegritē/ The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness . The state of being whole and undivided . The condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction.
Integrity is one of those things that no one can have too much of, but you can definitely have too little of. And it’s been making me think and assess my heart a lot lately.
During this session he gave a phenomenal illustration that actually blew my thinking out of the water, and changed the way I view life and people completely.
He said (paraphrased) we’re the Body of Christ. If someone speaks badly or gossips about someone, they’re just punching themselves in the face, or stamping on their own foot; they’re simply hurting themselves. How? Because we’re the one Body. Whatever you do to someone else you’re really doing to yourself as well.
This got me thinking.
Sometimes when we’re so comfortable around certain people, it becomes easy to gossip, and we simply downsize our behaviour to just ‘saying our opinion with the people we trust’.
But integrity doesn’t do that.
Integrity doesn’t share an opinion that tears down someone else’s integrity.
Integrity doesn’t speak negative about someone just because they felt like they could say it in amongst the company they’re in.
Integrity doesn’t stay quiet either.
Integrity shows grace and loves people no matter what.
Integrity thinks before they speak because they know that everything they say truly holds weight and influence to all who come in contact with it.
Why? Because we’re all one Body.
Since hearing that message by Nicky Gumbel and adjusting my attitude, I can honestly say that the things about people that used to annoy me simply don’t annoy me anymore.
Did they change? No. But I did.
When you do things motivated by love and others, it truly revolutionises the way you see people, life, and the Church. And it’s then that you realise that integrity isn’t just about what you look like…it’s about what we look like.
“Your life may be the only Bible some people read.” – Author Unknown