Integrity Essay

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The state of being complete or undivided, purity. Integrity is a powerful and uncommon
trait according to today’s standards. One may be defined and known by his or her
integrity. “A man is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has”
Henry Ward Beecher. In the real world today, certain levels of integrity are expected in
different places. For example, where we find the influence of evil, we find a lack of
integrity. Important issues include: what the Bible has to say about integrity, viewing
integrity as a choice and integrity in current affairs.

The Bible contains many teachings on the subject of integrity. Proverbs 11:1 says that The
Bible also deals with the moral responsibility one has in the commercial world. Absolute
integrity is a delight to the Lord. Integrity can be taught through almost any character
in the Bible. For instance, Jonah ignored God’s calling, he ran off. God then corrected
Jonah’s ways with a real big fish. In a way, it would be like having God beside me in the
classroom, it makes life so much easier. With God by my side I would feel no temptation to
cheat or take any shortcuts. Cheating or running away from God would be taking the easy
way out, as Jonah did at first. God humbled Jonah through the trials he put him through,
forming him into a man of integrity. I find that, while God doesn’t speak to us directly,
he left us his word, full of examples such as Jonah and his disciples, to teach us to be
men and women of integrity. It is his will for us, as Christians, to live the lifestyle as
well. The importance of doctrinal integrity and truth is evident in John’s affirmation
that nothing brings greater joy to him than to know that his children walk in truth. 2
Corinthians 10:18 says Humility, honesty, and integrity are spiritual essentials for
Christian maturity.

As a choice, we are free to decide whether or not we should live lifestyles of integrity
or not, though as Christians it should be a desire. “A free Christian should act from
within with a total disregard for the opinions of others. If a course is right, he should
take it because it is right, not because he is afraid not to take it. And if it is wrong,
he should avoid it though he lose every earthly treasure and even his very life as a
consequence” Tozer. I find integrity to be a very important part of my lifestyle, in the
classroom, at home, out in public, and especially around my friends and little sister
where I can set a real example. To excel in AP English I will remain honest and diligent
in my studies and my walk with the Lord and Mrs. Littlefield can most help me to succeed
with encouragement. My worth to God in public is what I am in private.

Who needs integrity? Everyone needs integrity. Of course, this would make it simple to say
that everyone needs to be a Christian. This is a nice wish, but not entirely realistic.
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