Text: “And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 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 39:7-9.
Comment: Some good dictionaries define integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary states that integrity “implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility…”
These qualities were in no short supply in the conduct of Joseph, who proved to be a good neighbour to Portiphar. Joseph was a godly man with a high sense of morality against the backdrop of a depraved woman whom the devil stirred up to drag him into trouble. With ease, an immoral woman could conjure effective words and methods both to seduce a man and to destroy him – because she is only after her selfish interest. But Joseph’s fear of God and integrity saved him from the clutches of the villain. Though he suffered a while from her false accusation of attempted rape, God allowed it for a greater good in the outworking of His purposes. The American author, C. S. Lewis in one of his works, Ethics Unwrapped said integrity “is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” Apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Galatia warned them thus: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Going further he stated: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:1, 13.