Text: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” – Hebrews 11:24-26.
Comment: Moses was a faithful servant of God who guided the children of Israel out of their travails in Egypt, the land of bondage. The Almighty God testifying to his humble spirit said there was none as meek as him in the universe. (Numbers 12:3) He was in addition, obedient and had a high sense of duty. He was a man of integrity. When Jethro, his father-in-law admonished him on how best to govern the people he appreciated the counsel and implemented it. – Deuteronomy 1:15-17.
Integrity goes with other ennobling ideals or virtues, such as courage or the ability to stick to what is right always; boldness or fearlessness in condemning evil and upholding what is just. It is sincerity or plainness of attitude; honesty and truthfulness. It is impartiality. Integrity means to provide a level playing field to all contestants without “having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage”. (Jude 16) Jesus Christ our Lord and Master instructs us thus, “…But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. – Matthew 5:33-37.