Integrity can be defined as oneness between our mind and our actions. A person of integrity keeps their promises. Their motives are pure and they are honest, upright and genuine. They are real in their relationships.
God hates it when our secret motive is to manipulate a situation, control an opinion, seek revenge, stir up trouble, embarress someone, or show off. Those things are destructive to our relationship with Him and others. Living without integrity will lead to cheating, envy, gossip, scheming and malice.
So how do we become people of integrity? We must inspect closely the motives for our actions. We test our motives by regularly asking ourselves one question. "Why am I doing this?"
Examples of this is.....Did I use flattery to get my way today. Was gossip the underlying reason for the prayer request I made for my neighbor. By asking the probing questions we learn to be honest with ourselves. As we learn to thoroughly inspect our hearts, we become people of deeper character.
As a person of integrity, you are a role model to your children, friends, neighbors, and others who desperately need examples of authenticity and honesty.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Proverbs 11:3