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Coming From Integrity

CHAPTER 18

Integrity is like a long road: it will guide you as long as you are on it.

Thought: Integrity is a perfect condition in support of a principle.

Word: Ps. 7:8: "The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, 0 Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me."

Conclusion: Integrity is the measure of your success.

In the last few chapters we have talked about a number of benefits that come to the person who is in harmony with the divine mind, in harmony with universal law; in other words, righteousness. Now, let us look at what it really means to be in harmony with the universe. The word that we use here is integrity. We say that a person is coming from integrity if he is in harmony with his knowledge of universal law. What does integrity and being in one's integrity mean? Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language defines integrity as: "the quality or state of being complete; unbroken condition, wholeness; entirety."

When it is said that a man has integrity, most of us automatically form a picture of what that man must be like. We naturally associate integrity with honesty, uprightness and one who avoids evil. In as brief a statement as possible, that is what we mean by integrity.

For people to take advantage of the power, dominion, strength and kindness that the universe has to give, they must be coming from integrity; they must come from honesty in all their dealings with other people and with the universe. We have seen, and we'll see many more, promises from the Bible regarding the righteous man. All of these are available to the man or woman who is in integrity. God, through universal law, will treat a person according to his integrity. This means that if a person is knowingly out of his integrity, he risks obtaining the results of breaking the universal laws. This is absolutely not arbitrary. God does not "do favors" for those in integrity: He has simply set up the universe so that people get what they want and need.

We earlier defined sin; now we can see that sin is anything that is out of a person's integrity. Notice here that we are speaking of known sin. When a person sins, breaking harmony with the divine mind, he is out of his integrity. As long as the sin is outstanding, he remains so. When the sin is observed and confessed, he returns to his integrity. The disciple John spoke about this: "Whoever abides in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, nor known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he [Christ] is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever is born of God does not commit sin: for his [Christ's] seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin for he is born of God." 1 John 3:6-9.

John doesn't leave much room for questions here. He is observing the universal truth that if one is in harmony with the universe, and that's God, he will not sin, or, he will be in his integrity. Remember that we are speaking of sins of which the person is aware. We are not charged with the errors that we commit of which we have no knowledge (John 15:24). Many try to use this as a loophole; but if they are perfectly honest, they will admit that they have more knowledge than they pretend to have. Gaining the benefits of being in your integrity requires absolute honesty with yourself. You must not hide things in the back of your mind or consciousness to be in integrity.

Since integrity comes from observing the things we know, it follows that it comes from an absolute knowledge of right. This doesn't mean that a person knows all the "right" in the universe. It means that he knows that "right" which has been shown or revealed to him. Integrity within your knowledge is necessary to a harmonious relationship with the universe and those around you in that universe. Integrity is broken when you violate knowledge. It can be broken through ignoring known responsibility, or through direct breaking of law.

This principle is the same in all areas of our lives. Being out of our integrity is deadly. It opens us up to the results of breaking universal law. If a person is out of integrity in one area of his life, it doesn't follow that all areas in his life are out of integrity. However, being out of integrity in any area allows you to violate law and the results of that will be far reaching in your life.

There are many blessings to the person who will stay in his or her integrity. David says: "...Judge me O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me." Ps. 7:8. We will always receive the blessings that God gives in proportion to our integrity. That is why staying within one's integrity is so indispensable.

The person in integrity can expect to be in control of his life. He does not need to fear being a victim of accidents. Again, David says: "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.'' Psalm 25:21. The universe is designed to preserve the person who is in his integrity. Just as equally, it will not preserve one who is not. Every broken law must, by natural law, have a result. When a person breaks his integrity, he invites that result. Integrity leads to integrity. "The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them." Prov. 11:3. A person knows what his knowledge is. He knows when he is in and out of integrity. Ask any known thief; he may rationalize his actions, but he knows that stealing is wrong. This can be illustrated by his actions toward those who steal from him, or when he is caught. If a person acts on the knowledge and integrity he has, more will come. Speaking of knowledge as "light," John says: "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:9. All have enough knowledge to start in the direction of integrity. As a person proceeds along his life, he will gain more knowledge and more integrity. No one can claim so much ignorance that one cannot operate from integrity.

Like every other aspect of life we have discussed, integrity is a matter of choice. We may choose to remain in our integrity and obtain the benefits the universe will give, or we may stay out of integrity, fighting universal law, and eventually be destroyed. The universe is designed to support you in either choice.

Integrity is a dam, able to take great pressure. Let the dam spring a leak and soon it all goes. There are those that equate integrity with believing what is true. Depending upon how the word is used it may be. The way the word is generally used today, it is not. Belief is an idea, while integrity is your life. When our integrity is set as flint on the word that God has spoken, we become as invincible as the Word. The problem with our beliefs is that they are so changeable and nothing that would be worth investing our life in. To be real, belief need never be tested because it is always belief no matter what it is. Integrity doesn't change, so it is the "thing" which is tested.

We all seem to have a basic knowledge of something that is right for us. The universe then sets in motion principles that test this integrity. If we will not fail the test, we move on to greater and greater tests until we are proven immovable. We are then fit for the kingdom of God. If along the line we fail on a given point, it continues to come back to us until we pass or choose to let our integrity go on that point. If we choose to let our integrity go, there is nothing more that can be done for us. The game is over.

One thing we need to get in this life; that is that there is no resting place. Life doesn't stop. In this world we look forward to the time when we don't have to work any more. Sorry, folks, that's a fairy story; there is no such place. Well, on second thought, there is such a place. It's the cemetery. This life is about growth in the divine mind. This life is about gaining all the desire God has for us. This is what the love of God is and this is what truly expresses the peace of God. Integrity is the measure of your success in gaining all that you desire.

Integrity - Bible Study

1. A man is judged by his integrity.

Ps. 7:8: "The Lord shall judge the people; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me."

2. God hates the lie.

Prov. 6:16-19: "...Things doth the Lord hate...a lying tongue...a false witness that speaketh lies...."

3. Our integrity preserves us.

Ps. 25:21: "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee."

4. When we walk in integrity we will not slide.

Ps. 26:1: "Judge me, O lord; I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide."

5. We are upheld in integrity.

Ps. 41:12: "And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever."

6. We shall be guided by integrity.

Pr. 11:3: "The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of the transgressors shall destroy them."

Self-Knowledge ResumÉ

  1. Does my integrity preserve me?
  2. Do I ever have accidents?
  3. If I do, can I trace them to some lapse in my integrity?
  4. Do I ever break the law any law?
  5. List the laws I break.
  6. Would my opinion of myself agree with those I am close to?
  7. Do others see me as honest and always in my integrity?
  8. In what areas do I cheat my integrity?
  9. Am I basically an honest individual?
  10. How would I prove that?
  11. Am I ever afraid of having embarrassing questions asked me?
  12. Do I ever fear what people will think of me?
  13. Am I ever afraid of anyone?

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