True Integrity

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Someone may have driven over our moral compass. If it isn’t broken – it is lost.

What is true integrity? How relevant is it in today’s society? What does it look like?

All important questions. Integrity is something I believe is so important, especially being a Christian, as Jesus had a lot to say and do about it. But more about him later.

  1. “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”
  2. “The state of being whole and un-divided”

In the world today, as a general rule, I believe integrity is somewhat lost. This isn’t different to many other societies before us, however, is still an issue in my opinion. Australia has had something like four prime ministers in the last five years (don’t quote me on that). Failure to fulfil definite promises, although not a new concept, is something we expect in the leaders of our countries. Let that sink in. We are experiencing a drop in the length of marriages worldwide (not saying divorce isn’t necessary in some cases). Celebrities are commonly in the news for cheating on their spouses.

We find meaning in the number of likes on a post. Most of our opinions and views are based around popular opinion. We are told how we should look and act by the mass media. Our self-concept and identity is based on highly changeable things. Closer to home, I ask myself: Do I conform with society? Where does my motivation lie? I wouldn’t stack up too well in those areas.

Fickle: changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties or affections.

We are a fickle society. We value good times, success and financial gain more than most forms of integrity. Myself included in that. We have become our own authorities. Our own ‘true north’.

But is this a bad thing? What is wrong with being in control of our own life? This is where we sift and sort some of the readers here. I believe it comes down to your belief, or lack of belief, in Jesus. Why is that? If what Jesus said and did is all true, we have something serious to consider. And I believe he backed up his claims pretty dang well. My next blog I may go through some of the most compelling evidence for Jesus being who he said he was. A great topic, but more on that another time.

love_revolution

Jesus came and completed the build-up to what is a world-wide revolution, but not the ‘throwing bottles, setting buildings on fire’ sort of revolution. As the picture above suggests, he came in love for his people. And we are to treat all people in the same way as Jesus does. To be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth. What a tall order.

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways – Proverbs 28:6

In Hebrew, “integrity” in the Old Testament means “the condition of being without blemish, completeness, perfection, sincerity, soundness, uprightness, wholeness.” In the New Testament it means “honesty and adherence to a pattern of good works.”

Jesus is the perfect example of integrity. Bar none. He came preaching counter-cultural messages to: love your enemies, be honest, to give more than you take, to pray for those who persecute you. And he didn’t just preach these things – he lived them out. He came to serve instead of be served. A true picture of humility and integrity. Never did he sway from his convictions, yet displayed commitment through compassion to all people.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool – Isaiah 1:18

Important to remember that we are flawed humans. True, 100% integrity is impossible on our own (unless you are Jesus, then read above, if you skipped to the end). But Jesus says that through his actions on the cross, we are considered without blemish, perfect in his sight. If we choose to accept his offer, that is. We are called to live in light of the cross, living in repentance and relationship with the author and perfecter of our faith – Jesus.

true grit

I posted this on Instagram a while ago. I believe it serves good use as a picture of integrity – and how we are to live it.

There’s a reason integrity has the word ‘grit’ in it – it’s hard fought

I liken true integrity to this obstacle course. For those of you who don’t know it, it is a team-based obstacle course involving many different challenges. It includes going through tunnels, scaling walls, crawling through mud, etc. In the same way, as Christians we have a military inspired, intense test of our faith and character before us. It demands courage, perseverance, stamina and teamwork. It can’t be done alone. All are welcome to join the team and buckle in – it is set to be one heck of a ride.

To the people with no formed opinion on a God – I pray you investigate the claims of Jesus more. Really look into it. Because if it is truth, it is worth even our lives. We all have the choice to accept or reject Jesus. But that comes down to you. Always welcome to join the team.

Living with integrity to the people around us is a blessing. We have the chance to show just a snippet of God’s kingdom here on this earth. What a privilege, dare I say, responsibility we have. As Christians, we need to realise the commitment involved with our convictions, and allow confidence and compassion to flow from them. In the workplace, school or public arena – integrity as advocates of Christ is imperative.

“The Christian walk is something deeply personal, but so very public”

What a challenge. I find it confronting, such a big task to even consider, let alone live out. However, It is important for me to take a step back and consider where my moral compass points.

What is your true north?

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27 thoughts on “True Integrity

  1. brujsims April 28, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Forming integrity can be equal to making of a fine blade. The intense heat and consistent bending and pounding will either make a fine double edged sword with a purpose or a broken piece of metal which is good for nothing.

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    • Jonathan Camac April 28, 2016 / 3:31 am

      Very true mate – the fires of refining through hard times in life are vital in our growth. Thanks for reading!

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  2. brujsims April 28, 2016 / 3:27 am

    Reblogged this on Using God's Word in Everyday Life and commented:
    This world has lost its way. Their definition for truth is not concrete and has no foundation. Without standards to keep it accountable, the world has lost all its integrity and have become good for nothing. Let us turn to the One who showed us what true integrity looks like. Let us learn from Christ what true integrity looks like and why it is important.

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    • Jonathan Camac April 28, 2016 / 3:32 am

      Thanks for re-blogging mate! Trust it was helpful to you in some way 🙂

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  3. SherryAnn April 28, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Well done! I wish more people would think about this stuff.

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  4. godisalwayswithus.com June 23, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Yes very well said Brujsims, I loved what you said about Integritity. For sure the intense heat and consistent bending and pounding will either make a fine sword with a purpose or a broken piece of metal which is good for nothing. I believe following Jesus Christ if you don’t stay consistently honest and truthful, you will just be making a lot of enemies, and also have a lot of people who will never believe you.

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  5. godisalwayswithus.com June 23, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Very well written out about Integrity Janathan I believe following Jesus Christ if you don’t stay consistently honest and truthful, you will just be making a lot of enemies, and also have a lot of people who will never believe you. So to me each day of life when we are not satisfied with our results we need to dig deeper into ourselves, or we are just multiplying the lies. When we dig deeper and find different ideas we need to give our all and then find New strength in Jesus Christ way, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen Praise God, that is what I want people recognize about me, when most are making up stories or lies, I dig deeper and find other ways within myself to accomplish my goals.

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    • Jonathan Camac June 24, 2016 / 12:49 am

      That’s awesome man. And so true – all that matters or counts for anything in my life is giving glory to God, not man. May we remember this everyday.

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  6. annj49 July 4, 2016 / 8:30 am

    My own integrity, and the importance of it to me, has been deeply challenged of late. I’ve had to do some very deep digging and cross some rather sacred (to me) boundaries in the process.

    I’m still in God’s kindergarten class, even at age 67 😉

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    • Jonathan Camac July 4, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      We will always be learning in this life – especially when we believe we were made by an all knowing, loving creator. Try getting your head around that! Thanks again for reading Ann, appreciate your comments 🙂

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  7. annj49 July 4, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Thanks for choosing to write the way you do. It’s encouraging and refreshing to read. Have a great day! 🙂

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  8. The True Light! July 13, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Another good post, Johnathan. You need to find the time to write more often.

    Steve

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    • Jonathan Camac July 15, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks Steve! Appreciate you reading so many of my blogs. I’ll try to find more time where possible 🙂

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      • The True Light! July 15, 2016 / 9:06 pm

        You are a good writer, Jonathan. And you seem to have a good grasp of the gospel message. I applaud that! It is my pleasure to read your posts…

        Enjoy your weekend!
        Steve

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      • The True Light! July 16, 2016 / 3:21 pm

        And I appreciate those who seek to follow the truth in God’s word! May the Lord love and bless you, my friend…

        Steve

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  9. The True Light! July 18, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Have a great day, my friend!

    Steve

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