The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How of Integrity in the Faith
What is Integrity?
Wholeness; entireness; unbroken state. Purity; genuine, unadulterated. Integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character.
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”Proverbs 28:6
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“The French and Latin meanings of the word hint at its origins, “that the whole thing is working well, undivided, integrated, intact and uncorrupted.” Achieving this “wholeness” requires the development of six character traits (creates trust, unafraid of reality, results-oriented, solves “negative realities,” causes growth and finds meaning in life.”Integrity The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Cloud
Do We Know Who Shows Integrity? Does it matter?
Should Integrity be part of the criteria we consider when choosing to follow a Rabbi or pastor or teacher? Who are we to judge another’s integrity?
There are none perfect, no, not one. If David is a friend of Elohim, we must tread carefully in our judgments. Yet, at the same time, we are called to be wise and discerning.
We know there are things that our Father hates.
- Pride is one of them.
- Pride is not of Integrity.
- Pride in HRM is rampant and ugly. Knowledge reigns king and Messiah is at times pushed aside to an afterthought.
Is it possible that we can make a discernment such as – we won’t follow after someone that can’t get past his pride? Notice, we are not saying we won’t learn from anyone prideful after all humans struggle with this greatly.
However, if someone is a David, they will know how to repent and be humble. Should we seek leaders in Hebrew Roots with Integrity? Could having leaders capable of humility and full of Integrity be a key to bringing shalom to the HRM?
“Have mercy upon me, O God,Psalm 51
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.”
When Should Integrity in Hebrew Roots be Important?
“Conduct yourselves in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Messiah.”Philippians 1:27
We should not be seeking perfection, but rather hearts like David’s. Integrity in Hebrew Roots is going to need to start looking a lot more like David and a lot less like want-to-be academians who think they have all the answers.
When should we exhibit Integrity? At all times. And if we mess up, we should grab that cloak of Integrity and throw it back on with a sorrowful heart for getting it dirty.
Where is Integrity in the Messianic movement most needed?
It appears equally needed amongst leaders and laymen alike. Consequently, this means amongst groups and individuals. Lastly, in our hearts and yours. Finally, we need to be teaching and showing the next generation what Integrity is and concentrating on passing on a mantel of Integrity.
Integrity in Messiah includes a willingness to die to ourselves. Not just a willingness but an eagerness.
“The godly walk with integrity, blessed are their children who follow them.”Proverbs 20:7
Why Integrity in HRM needs to Grow
Is it possible that all the strife and frustrations, all the back-biting and ego flaunting is turning the next generation away? Why integrity? With finality, because we love our children.
Indeed, we know we have found a true path, a more-in-depth understanding, a joy in following Him closely that just isn’t available in a traditional Christian belief system. Moreover, are we willing to risk our children’s hearts over proving we are right about pronunciation or calendar or the shape of the earth? Humility, repentance, and honesty are all a part of Integrity in Hebrew Roots.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”Proverbs 1:7
How do We Encourage Integrity in Messianic Circles?
- Do unto others as we would have them do unto us
- Be gentle as a dove and wise as a serpent
- Encourage one another to good
- Bear one another’s burdens
- Embrace Humility
- Repent when you sin
- Live a Life of Integrity
- Do it for the next generation
Integrity – HebrewLolly Daskal Why Integrity Remains…
In Hebrew, the closest word to integrity is translated as “virtue.” If you trace its origins and meanings, one of the meanings is “a force.”
A person of virtue is a force to be reckoned with and they always leave a result.
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