Examples of Integrity

Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about the character trait integrity. Like my Pastor has talked about before in his sermons, we should be honest with ourselves. Having the attitude of wanting to know where we fall short and what we need to do.

There are many examples of this character trait called integrity throughout the Bible. I thought about what happens when there is a lack of this trait as in Genesis 27:1-45 when Rebekah convinced her favorite son to trick his father and receive his blessing instead of Esau. This set off all kinds of family turmoil. 

Figures Isaac Blesses Jacob

Figures Isaac Blesses Jacob (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then I thought about the example of David’s men in 2 Samuel 18:9-12 who honored David’s wishes. They didn’t kill Absalom even though he was fighting in the enemy’s army and there was a big reward to kill him.                                                           

I then thought about examples of people in more current times who have demonstrated integrity and about how a society could build up this quality for future generations. To read these thoughts, take a look at the post titled Ideas for Building a Society with More Integrity.

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5 Responses to Examples of Integrity

  1. altruistico says:

    Wasn’t Esau’s integrity blemish when he traded his rightful place in the family for a “bowl of soup?” Despising his birthright seems a certain lack of integrity.

  2. billhogan77 says:

    I love looking this meaning of the word integrity: “The state of being whole and undivided.” I think if more people were “whole and undivided” in their relationship with God, we’d have a bit of heaven on earth. Maybe that’s why God wants us to “Love God with all our hearts, mind soul, and strength.” If we do that, there’s no more room for anything else. (Except loving our neighbor!). Thanks for posting and getting me thinking!

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