If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10
In times of adversity we tend to get a good look at ourselves—what we’re really like. Then again, Solomon says in Proverbs 27:21, “Man is tested by the praise accorded him.” It’s not only the bad times, but also the good times that test our character, our integrity.
Picture in your mind the people you know who are people of integrity. If I asked your best friends to do the same thing…would they think of you?
As Paul instructed young Timothy in the requirements for the office of overseer, the first quality he mentioned was “above reproach.” The Greek word in 1 Timothy 3:2 means, “not to be taken hold upon”—his life is such that there isn’t any handle which others could take and injure his reputation.
For most people who have a problem with the Christian message, it’s because of their problems with Christians. When people doubt your life, they begin to doubt your message.
It has something to do with this thing called “integrity.” Integrity means wholeness, being in an “unbroken condition,” of sound moral character. It comes down to purity in your word and motives. Do you lie? Do you deceive others? Are you honest about who you are and what you want?
It’s not so much what you tell us about others; that’s honesty. Integrity has to do with what you tell us about you. Is it always true?