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What is Integrity?

The Oxford dictionary describes integrity as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. The Webster dictionary defines integrity as "Uprightness, virtue or honesty."
Biblical integrity is a quality of our character, it suggest fairness and straight forwardness of conduct. Integrity is not only associated with reputation (external appearance), it goes deep down to the core of who you are. It is who you are on the inside; it is who you really are when nobody is around.
Integrity begins before a person is faced with a decision of right or wrong. It begins in the heart. In your mind you start to debate on whether to tell the truth or lie.
One of the characteristics of a person of integrity is "one that swears to his own hurt and changeth not"(Ps.15:4b)KJV. The New Living Translation (NLT) says "keep their promises even when it hurts."
As Christians we should have a higher standard for ourselves than the world. Phil.2:15 (NLT) urges us to "Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people."
When you say that you are a person of integrity it means that when people think of you or talk about you, they use the words- honest, truthful, sincere, morally upright, reliable and trustworthy.
A person of integrity keeps his word, does not lie to cover up, does not cheat, does not deceive people, does not steal, does not manipulate, always means what he says and says what he means. Your "yes" means "yes" and your "no" means "no".