Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
“Walking in integrity.” Is that more church talk that isn’t applicable to the real world?
What exactly does that mean to a follower of Christ? We know we should live our lives so authentically that what we say lines up with our actions. We’re created in God’s image and likeness so it’s in our DNA to want to be like Jesus, to represent Him well. We want to grow in faith and become better human beings, loving others as Jesus loves them. Every believer, though, messes up at some point. Most of us stray off the path more than once. When we’re living an authentic life, we acknowledge our mistakes, ask God to forgive, move forward, and resolve not to mess up again.
When unbelievers see how we conduct ourselves, will we be perceived as hypocritical? That’s the outcome if we speak like Christians but operate like the devil. Politically speaking it’s like campaigning one way but governing another, which is enormously discouraging, albeit commonplace.
Walking in integrity is not optional, it’s mandatory. We’re called to be fishers of men, drawing people to Jesus. That mandate can only be carried out if we live authentic, transparent, Christ-centered lives. Honesty with ourselves and honesty with God will increase our effectiveness in leading others to Him.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, be inspired to make sure that your Christian words inspire Christian deeds in yourself – and I’ll do the same!
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.