True Virtue – Living with Integrity

Last Week

  • Honor in a Cancel Culture
  • Showing honor has more to do with you than the ones you honor who live or behave dishonorably

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; the state of being whole and undivided.

Proverbs 10:9 (NLT) | People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

Integrity means…

  • Living an integrated life
  • Who you are when no one is looking
  • Your behavior and beliefs match
  • Honoring God in your whole life

Disintegrated Living

  • Compartmentalized living
  • Sunday-only faith

Hypocrisy

  • An acting term for those who take creative license with a role
  • Hypocrites do not act with integrity

Matthew 23:25-26 (NLT) | What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) | Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Take-Aways:

  • Where are you dis-integrated in your life?
  • Confess and seek to make it right.
  • Do what’s right and trust God with the results.

Reflection Questions

  1. Define the meaning of integrity. What does it mean for you to live a fully integrated life?
  2. How and when have you been guilty of living a disintegrated life?
  3. How does the idea of hypocrisy relate to integrity? Why was this such a problem for Jesus? Why is it such a problem for Christians today?
  4. The Bible encourages us to ask God to search us and reveal our disintegrated approach to living. Perform a self-assessment and identify where you are vulnerable to hypocrisy.
  5. In, or with, what do you need to surrender in trust to God as you seek to live a fully integrated life?