Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Walking in Integrity – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 1
1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Walking in Integrity
Integrity is a word that is used in many different ways. As many other words that are thrown around carelessly by the general populous, it is used by some who don’t really know what it means. Here’s a definition brought to us via Dictionary.com.
1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.
So then, why would it be better to be broke, yet walk in integrity, than to be perverse in speech and to be a fool? Well, I can answer that with another question. Which is more favorable in the eyes of the Lord; to be financially bankrupt, or to be morally bankrupt?
I think you already know the answer to that one. A fool says in his heart that God doesn’t exist in the first place, so from where is that person going to know what’s Biblically moral or not, and then know what it takes to walk in that morality? Biblical morality is God’s instruction and declaration of what morality is, not what man has to say.
The fool has his own sense of morality, or has adhered to a worldly standard of morals, by which his idea of personal integrity is compassed. It can come close to what the Lord has declared, but even still, there’s a point where it twisted just enough to miss the mark.
The first step relating to walking in integrity, is to know what it is in the first place. Men and women of integrity stick out from the rest of the crowd. When tempted to do something that comes against their morals, they resist no matter who’s looking.
There’s a witness to this. We need to get it into our hearts, that no matter where we go, someone is looking. Someone somewhere is observing the things you say, your actions, and even if it’s for a moment, watching the steps you take as you walk in integrity.
If you search out your thoughts on different people, I’d be willing to bet that you trust people that you know who walk in integrity, far more than you would a friend who does not. Am I right?
I would. So look long and hard on the definition above, and do some searching through the scriptures, and find the ones that would instruct us in how to best walk in integrity.
You never know, that expression of witness just may be something that stick out just enough, to get someone’s attention, and become interested in why you are the way that you are. A perfect opportunity to share the gospel.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 6: King James Bible
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
2 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Please help us to walk in integrity throughout all of our comings and goings. Even if we don’t realize it, wash us and raise us up through your Word in this, and amplify it in our lives, so that your sense of morality is on the forefront of all of our thoughts, words, deeds, and actions. Keep us mindful, and not like the fool or the perverse in speech. In thee name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you walk in worldliness when you should be walking in integrity?