A Whole Person
“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility.”
In mathematics two of the basic kinds of numbers are integers and fractions: 2, 100, and 56 are integers, while ½, ¼, and 2.5 are fractions.
Integers, from a Latin root meaning “whole” or “entire.” The word integrity comes from the same root; a person with integrity cannot be divided in beliefs or morality based on varying circumstances.
When the apostle Paul wrote to his young pastoral protégé, Timothy, he told him to show “integrity” in doctrine, to be incorruptible in belief and in actions. Paul wanted Timothy to hold fast to the truth of God, not allowing himself to be divided.
A person of integrity obeys the whole counsel of God every day, in every circumstance. Daniel’s three friends in Babylon demonstrated integrity when they were threatened with being burned alive (Daniel 3:16-18).
They told the king they would not divide their allegiance, that they would maintain their faith in God and His promises. That is integrity.
Are you a whole person or a fractioned person today?
If your beliefs, and therefore your actions, have become divided, gather them back together as you commit to God and His Word.
“Integrity of heart is indispensable.”