Text: “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” (Proverbs 20:7) “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.” – Proverbs 19:1.
Comment: Integrity means uprightness of character or the state of being honest, just, honourable and sincere. No one can lead a true Christian life without integrity. Lack of Integrity among people today manifests itself in Immorality – adultery, fornication, prostitution (sometimes in foreign countries) etc.; dishonesty (or cheating) and getting riches or wealth through dubious or diabolical means; lie-telling to deceive or to cover wicked acts or to put fellow men in trouble; Indecent clothes that expose the body; stealing in any form or manner. Improper conduct in public places; beauty contests; stripping oneself up to only underwears just to participate in sports for corruptible gain, vain glory and praise of men. Giving oneself to heavy eating and drinking and sometimes getting drunk in social gatherings. Indecent dancing and dancing with one to whom one is not married, etc. “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” exhorts St. Paul. “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” He continued, “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” – Ephesians 5:3-6.