Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
–W. Clement Stone
The Hebrew words for integrity are tom and tummah. Both derive from a verb meaning “to be complete.” In the ample worldview of the Hebrews, however, human creatures can never attain completion on their own. Wholeness will come only in an ongoing relationship to Yahweh, the creator and source of all our being. Thus integrity embraces far more than just some fixed norm of moral behavior. Integrity cannot be reduced to a set of principles that a person may strive for and then check off as accomplished or well in hand. At its very core, integrity is grounded in a relationship to the living God whose wisdom, justice, and love shall forever exceed our own.
– Steve Doughty, To Walk in Integrity: Spiritual Leadership in Times of Crisis
We aid and influence people simply by being who we are. Human integrity probably influences and moves people from potency to action more than anything else. An elder’s deep and studied passion carries so much more power than superficial and loudly stated principles. Our peace is needed more than our anger. – Richard Rohr, Adapted from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Jesus said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.