Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! (Psalm 112:1).
The people who demonstrate integrity in all areas of their professional and personal lives have these two values. First, they fear the Lord, and second, they delight in His commands.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? At its most fundamental level, it means that you are able to say, “There is a God, and it’s not me. I’m not the center of the universe.” You have likely met people who mistakenly thought they were. They thought that the world revolves around them and their wants and their needs and their goals and their dreams. These people may be talented, and they may be driven, and they may be accomplished. They are also, quite typically, tremendously selfish. When you live like you are the center of the universe, the people around end up paying the price.
Integrity begins with an attitude that says, “I’m not the be-all end-all in my little world. There is a God to whom I am accountable.”
But genuine integrity involves more. It involves having a personal one-on-one relationship with God with through Christ. In order to be fully human and fully alive and completely whole – and by the way, that’s what integrity means, the state of being completely whole and undivided – in order to be a complete human we need to have a thriving spiritual life. Integrity begins with a relationship with God.
Integrity begins with surrendering yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This means coming to the point where you turn from your ways and giving yourself completely to the Lord. At that point you were born again. This is where the spiritual life begins, and every day we need to surrender ourselves anew to His Lordship.
The second part of this verse says that he "greatly delight in his commands." This is about having a moral compass – that you understand the difference between right and wrong – and that you prefer to do what is right. You cannot be a person of integrity without a strong moral compass. Our moral compass is the Word of God. The Bible helps us to define the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
Do you want to become a person of integrity? Every morning, get alone with God, just you and Him and a Bible. Spend time in His presence and in His Word. If you make this a daily habit, and if you put into practice what you learn during your time with God, your integrity index will increase in every area. A life of integrity begins when you connect spiritually with God, and you delight yourself in His Word.
Because of Jesus,