The integrity of the upright shall guide them. Proverbs 11:3.
Each Christian should be a person of unquestionable integrity. A life of no integrity is a life that can cause a lot of damages to our Christian walk. It is not wisdom for a man to live such a life that cannot be trusted or relied upon. Such a life cannot please God.
A life of integrity is very critical if we must reflect the glory of God. Let’s look at some attributes of a lifestyle of integrity.
5 Qualities of Man of Integrity
1. Truthfulness and Honesty
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25.
A man of integrity means what he says and says what he means. He doesn’t flatters or contradicts his words. He’s a man of his words. He says things as it is. He’s just speaking the whole truth from his heart.
If we always speak the truth, people will always believe us, even if the situation looks unbelievable.
You can’t teach a man of integrity to lie, he would rather corner his way out, or use wisdom to escape. Anyone who is teaching a man of integrity to lie is only wasting his time.
For instance, when a thing costs fifty thousand and a person says it is seventy thousand, and a company or office gives him seventy thousand, the twenty thousand he holds back is a setback to his life and destiny.
Anything a man touches and takes, which does not belong to him, will prevent him from having whatever is his in life. Life is a seed, whatever you sow, you shall also reap.
A man of integrity is a man of truthfulness and honesty.
2. Core Values
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7.
A Man of Integrity has states his core values clear and practically walks in it. What is value? Value are principles that guide the way we live our life on a daily basis and not occasionally.
As a man of integrity, there must something you believe in and it is not only wrapped up in what you believe, it is also doing what you believe deliberately and consistently.
Values are critical in a righteous life. Behind any man of integrity, there are principles that guides him to behave the way he does.
But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. Psalm 26:11.
A person of integrity is always consistent in all his ways. He might not be 100% consistent but he can be given a first class award in consistency.
A man of integrity are sometimes predictable because they don’t go on holidays when it comes to maintaining their integrity.
4. They Never Compromise
But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;  There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:8-9.
A person of integrity will never compromise their standards in exchange for anything.
Joseph was a man that didn’t compromised, he had every opportunity to betray his own integrity but he never did. He could do many unrighteous things without anybody knowing about it, but he was honest to himself to God.
One young girl was approached several times by her boss in the office for a sexual relationship. She refused. After several advances from the man and she refused firmly, he sacked her. She left the job and kept her name. After spending a few months at home, an opening came and she went for the job.
Unfortunately or fortunately, they asked her to get a recommendation from her former boss. With all audacity, she went to her former boss and asked for the recommendation. The ex-boss agreed. In his recommendation, he said: If you are looking for a person that will not compromise principles; if you are looking for a person that will not betray trust and confidence; if you are looking for a person of integrity and character, then this is the right person. That recommendation alone, gave her a great head start in the new and probably, better employment.
Beloved, we must not compromise our standard for worldly pleasure.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:19-20.
A man of integrity is a man character, when character is lost, everything is lost. Charisma can take you up but without character, a man is likely to crumble from where he is, unless there’s genuine repentance and restoration.You will not crumble in Jesus name.
It was character that dethrone queen vashti from her throne. She was banished from the palace and fired as queen.
Rebecca was a woman of character, you could tell from the scene when she met Abraham’s servant at the well side. She could have missed the great opportunity to be the wife of Isaac and the mother of Israel. But her character made her to be the first choice
When a person’s name is neat, his character is neat and his integrity is neat. Anywhere his name comes up, people recommend him. They know that working with him is safe. They know that every dealing with him is safe. It is only when you are trusted that you can be entrusted. God will entrust you with great things when you are trusted. Humanity will entrust you when you can be trusted.
Character is who you are when no one is watching you. What are the things you are doing when no one is watching?
What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.
A man of integrity is a man of character, so character building must not be neglected if we want to be a carrier of God’s glory.
Joseph, the earthly father of our Lord Jesus was a great man of integrity and character. We all give credit to Mary but forgetting Joseph. How do you explain to the public what has happened to Mary but being a just man, he maintained his integrity and he was privilege to be the earthly father of our Saviour.
Before Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus, they must have checked the profile of his husband Joseph to know if this man will cooperate with the divine arrangement or not but glory be to God, he didn’t fail, he was a man of understanding and integrity.
May we not thwart the agenda of God’s plan for our life and generation in Jesus name.