Becoming the person of integrity - By Mr. Mbae - Deputy Principal Academics

Mr. Jackson Mbae
The Deputy Principal Academic Affairs

What is integrity? 

The following definitions will help us understand more

Proverbs: 19:1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

Proverbs: 20:6, 7:

6: Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?

7: The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them

The word integrity comes from the latin word “integrates” which means to be whole, sound, complete or unimpaired.

So, a person of integrity is a person who lives one live. He/she is not divided or pretends to be what he/she is not. His/her live is like an open book. He /she have nothing to hide.

Therefore;

  1. Integrity is a way of live- a live that is committed to truthfulness. Integrity touches and affects all that one is and does. It is expressed in every role relationship or responsibility in which one is involved.

Ephesians 4:1-3, 1 as a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  1. Integrity is character- love, forgiveness, reputation, and sacrifices all blended together like notes of music or colors of rainbow. The people of Integrity have a life that shines.

Psalms 1:1-3. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

  1. Integrity is being authentic- real to the inside, genuine, pure and solid. A person of integrity has a single heart and mind. His desire is to love and serve God
  2. Integrity is being guiles. Some people are twisted from inside while walking straight on the outside

 Psalms 26:1-3

1 Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. 2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

The person of integrity, on other words is open, honest and forthright in all his dealings

  1. Integrity is keeping your word - regardless the temptations brought to you to do otherwise. You are supposed to stand on your word

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.  4When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

  1. Integrity is being responsible person. A responsible person is accountable and has ability to act without supervision. He/she is capable of making own decisions and willing to be answerable. He/she does not blame circumstances or others for his/her behavior. He/she makes decisions based on convictions and values rather than feelings or circumstances. He/she exercises self control.
    Did you know as a parent the greatest gift you can give to your children is not material possessions but roots and wings.
  1. Roots describe love, values and sense of belonging within the family and community. And
  2. Wings describe ability to accept responsibility and eventually move on as independent adults.

When people lose their roots and wings, they lose their vision sense of responsibility.

  1. Integrity is setting high ethical standards. A person of integrity does not let his/her morality become relative to the situation he/she happen to be in. he/she does not sell out to convenience.
  2. Integrity is complete honesty even on small things. Man or woman of integrity believes in telling the truths even when it hurts. To him or her, good character is more important than reputation or popularity. He/she does not tell people what they want to hear but what is right. 1peter:2:11-12.11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
  3. Integrity is paying your debts and keeping promises.

Psalms 37:21. 21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;

Romans 13: 8a. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,

  1. Integrity is discovering your weaknesses and working on them. Person of integrity is willing to admit his/her problems and seek help in times of need. He/she does not hide or run away from problems but faces them and deals with them

Mark 4:35- 39. 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

When the picture looks bleak don’t ask God to take you out of  it but to join you in it. That way everything is transformed, including you.

Pastor Mbae