Upgrading your integrity profile
key Verse: Psalm 119:5, “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!” (NLT)
Many times, we wonder how David came to be the man after God’s heart. Without doubts, one of the things that endeared David to God was the integrity of his heart. A life of integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortunes, is a shining star, which light others may follow in the years to come. This is amply true of the life of David. He has remained a shining example of integrity. In the book of Psalm 119:5, the psalmist shares with us how he was able to upgrade his integrity profile.
We understand here that the secret to higher living is not in comparing ourselves with others. It is not in trying to see whom we are better than. In fact, the scriptures made it categorically clear that when we compare ourselves with others, we become fools.
However, the revelation of God’s word is that, if indeed we want to improve our character and upgrade our integrity profile, we should form it as a habit to daily compare our lifestyles with God’s commands. We should strive to make our actions consistently reflect God’s decrees. We should make His righteous regulations our daily regulations. It is by so doing we can find ourselves actually living, as we should.
To upgrade your integrity profile, you must make the word of God a top priority in your life. God’s word should be your guide for daily Christian living. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The Bible is not a book of “helpful hints for happy living.” It speaks with authority. Obedience to it is not optional, if you must live a life of integrity.
God’s decrees are reliable, righteous, faithful and true (Psalm 119: 86, 138, 140, 151, 160). It doesn’t change with the times (Psalm 119: 89, 152). Only God’s word can illumine your path and keep you from stumbling and falling. Your feet are set in the darkness of the world, but the word of God is a lamp unto it.
Integrity means uprightness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness, honesty, righteousness, etc. The worldly standards are not reliable and righteous, so it can only take the truthful and righteous word of God to make you live upright and holy. Men and women of integrity always stand out from the crowd. They refuse to join others in perpetrating evil and they are mindful not to offend God by their actions. They pursue purity, righteousness, justice, fairness and equity in their dealing with people.
Many people today view integrity as an outdated idea that is either expendable or no longer applicable in an age of moral relativism. The need for integrity today is perhaps as great as it has ever been. Integrity is essential, if we are going to become people, who positively and powerfully impact others for God. Integrity is crucial in all aspects of life: professional, personal, social and spiritual. When you become a person of integrity, you can easily draw people to Christ.
I have seen people seeking academic upgrade daily. The brain never grows old. You can still get a degree at any age. Many improve their skills. Sports men and women train to improve and remain relevant. Sincerely put, if you know you have any area of integrity deficiency, rise up today; do something practical to upgrade your integrity profile. You need to personally confront yourself and do an integrity upgrade, where necessary so that your life shall be pleasing to God and not man. You can only live morally right, if you connect to God – the source of morality. You need God’s enablement to become a person of integrity.Today’s Nugget: Integrity is crucial in all aspects of life: professional, personal, social and spiritual.
Prayer: Lord, help me develop and keep upgrading my integrity in Jesus Name, Amen.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor
Assemblies of God Nigeria