In the Beginning, Part 39: The Importance of Integrity
Integrity sets an example, is void of selfish ambition, doesn’t shift the blame, admits wrong, calms conflict, creates a safe environment, and keeps short accounts.
THE DEFINITION OF INTEGRITY
- Integrity sets an example. It sets the trajectory for a home, a business, or a neighborhood.
- Integrity is void of selfish ambition. We are here to make other people successful.
- Integrity doesn’t shift the blame. It takes ownership.
- Integrity admits wrong, which engenders future trust.
- Integrity calms the waters of conflict.
- Integrity creates a safe environment.
- Integrity keeps short accounts.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly beneficial, insightful, or difficult?
- Read and discuss Genesis 31. Where do you see integrity (or the lack thereof) at play here? What are the effects?
- What is integrity? What is the difference between honesty and integrity? Why is integrity important?
- How has the presence or absence of integrity in someone else’s life impacted yours?
- Consider and discuss each point of The Definition of Integrity section above. Which of these resonate as strengths in your life? Which would you consider weaknesses?
- How does a lack of integrity create an environment of suspicion within a family, church, workplace, etc.?
- Spend some time in prayer for the things you’ve discussed. In what ways do you need to grow in your personal integrity? Is there anything you need to take ownership of or admit wrong for? Who in your life are you in a position to make successful? Ask the Lord to grow you in those areas.