Honestly, You Need Integrity

Be the person God wants and expects you to be.

By Norman Vincent Peale

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Complete honesty, complete integrity, is almost tangible. Whenever you encounter it in people, you know you can trust them. This ability to inspire trust and confidence is often a factor in their success. And honesty isn’t just the best policy, it’s what God wants—and expects—from you. “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity” (1 Chronicles 29:17).

One of the characters in the Bible that we most often associate with bad luck, with suffering, is also most noted for his integrity. Job lost everything he had—possessions, family, even his health. Yet God said of him, “He still maintains his integrity” (Job 2:3).

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Job held fast to his faith in God and in the goodness and mercy of God’s plan. His wife yelled, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9). But Job didn’t. And when his friends tried to bully him into admitting that he had brought all this on himself because of his great sin, Job held fast. “I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live” (Job 27:5-6). You know how the story ends. God stepped in, chastising the friends and restoring to Job twice as much as he had before. Integrity always finds its reward.

Integrity relates to character, honesty and fidelity—all products of accepting God’s standards for right living. “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you” (Psalm 25:21). Remember, nothing wrong ever turns out right. “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9).

And if you do find yourself on a course of dishonesty, STOP IT AT ONCE. No excuses, no delaying tactics. Right the wrong as fully and as fast as you are able and resolve never to be dishonest again. “Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner” (Proverbs 13:6).

Get forgiveness from the person you wronged and from God. Forgive yourself and put it in the past. Pray for the strength to consistently “set an example by doing what is good…show integrity” (Titus 2:7).

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Proverb 10:28-31 28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.29The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.30The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.31The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. My sister in Christ, we stand with you at predicament and i believe our Mighty God will not leave alone. Your hope will be restored in Jesus name. But you must first ask God a helping hand and leave him all the burden to carry just the way he carried the cross without lamenting. I am praying to our almighty father to reverse all that our enemy has planted in Mrs Fuentes marriage of 14 years. Father through your mighty mercies / power and touch her husband's heart and mind and bring him wholly to your servants marriage. Father, there's no problem mightier than you. Through your glory Father, lets have an answered prayer by this time next week lets have a great testimony that you have conquered and Mrs Fuentes is happy after your intervention. I pray in Jesus nsme. Amen.

Please pray for my husband we have been married for 14 years,he served 6 years in prison I was there with him all the way although he committed a sex crime.He got deported to chile we was talking about renewing our vows.. he started back drinking,he was under a lot of pressure his family was not really helping him or our marriage.Now we are not talking I think he has abandon his marriage and seeing someone else.He did not let me know what was going on.I am very angry with him because he decided to abandon our marriage after I waited 9 years for him and planning our life together.Pray for me as well because I am angry,I'm trying to allow God to help me in this situation I get sad sometimes..Until I don't want to pray for him but God is allowing me to pray for his soul.I don't think if he decide to come back I'll take him back,in time I'm going to file for a divorce. Thank you Mrs.Fuentes

A very timely inspiration. Today integrity and honesty are hard to find in families, friends, business you name it. I didn't know there were so many scripture about integrity in the bible. Lord, help me to be a person of honesty and integrity every where I go. Amen.