The do-gooders; those who are morally upright. There are so many different perceptions one may have when taking a look at them. I often wonder what drives, or why one is driven, to be a stand up citizen.
Outside looking in, we observe the front that is put on by others. Over time, we may get to see the true nature of those whom we are acquainted with. We start to notice just how their true heart is. We see their true intentions, motives, compassion, sincerity and so on. We get a real feel for who and what they are. The more time we spend with people, we more likely will begin to see just what they consist of.
Where does true integrity stem from?
I can’t speak for you, but mine comes from the relationship with Christ.
There were so many years where the world: all of those things that I based my moral compass upon, my philosophical intuition, the beliefs about a God taken from the many different beliefs and religions from around the world throughout the many different time periods, and the power of self. All of these things only led to a fleeting and temporary answer to an ongoing struggle. That struggle, being the sin that I failed to see. Sin: the real problem to everything that fails in the world.
Do you ever wonder why you have only temporary peace, even when you are morally upstanding or have a self-proclaimed stronghold on your life? Ever wonder why your strength, really isn’t that strong? Some may not be seeing that the source of truth, strength, true integrity, peace and joy is found only in a relationship with the One true God through Christ. Only Christ.
The more you grow in Him, the more you begin to see the true definition, importance of His character, opposed to one’s own, and the more you begin to see how integrity plays a part in your relationship with God. It becomes a huge part of the foundational commands of our Lord…
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” -Matt. 22:37-40
What is you integrity rooted in? How deep does it go? Is that intregrity rooted in the love that you have for the Lord, through Christ? Is the sins that you fail to acknowledge holding you back from the deeper relationship with Him that He died for you to have?