What Integrity Requires of You


by Pastor Rick Warren

Integrity demands that every area of your life is
treated with the same intensity. You have the
same commitment to excellence in your
marriage as you do in your career.

You have the
same commitment to excellence in ministry as
you do in your parenting.

Let me give you six ways you can work to
become a person of integrity. You become a
person of integrity by …
1. Keeping your promises.
People of integrity keep their word. If they say
they’ll do it, they do it. If they say they’ll be
there, they show up. The Bible says in Proverbs
25:14, “People who promise things that they
never give are like clouds and wind that bring
no rain” (TEV).
2. Paying your bills.
You may not think this is a big deal, but it’s a
big deal to God. Do you spend more money than
you make? That is a lack of integrity. Do you
get yourself in debt for things that you can’t pay
off? That is a lack of integrity. Psalm 37:21
says, “The wicked borrow and never pay back.”
3. Refusing to gossip.
God is looking for men and women of integrity
who know how to keep a secret and not pass it
around on social media. Don’t talk about people
behind their back. Don’t even listen to gossip!
“A … gossip can’t be trusted with a secret, but
someone of integrity won’t violate a
confidence” (Proverbs 11:13 MSG).
4. Faithfully tithing.
Wherever you put your money first is what’s
most important to you. Malachi 3:8-10 says, “Is
it right for a person to cheat God? Of course
not, yet you are cheating me. ‘How?’ you ask. In
the matter of tithes and offerings …. Bring the
full amount of your tithes to the Temple …. Put
me to the test and you will see that I will open
the windows of heaven and pour out on you in
abundance all kinds of good things” (TEV).
5. By doing your best at work.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:23, “Work
willingly at whatever you do, as though you were
working for the Lord rather than for
people” (NLT). If you’re a believer, your real
boss is God, and whether or not anybody else
sees your work, God does.
6. By being real with others.
A person of integrity doesn’t act one way in
church and another way at work and another
way on the golf course. “We refuse to wear
masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and
manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t
twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we
keep everything we do and say out in the
open” (2 Corinthians 4:2 MSG),
Like this article? It’s based off Pastor Rick’s
series Keys To A Blessed Life.

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