The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. (Proverbs 11:3 ESV)
Why do people make good decisions? Why do people make bad decisions? I have accepted that strong core values precedes good behavior every time.
In my opinion, there are three benefits to being a person with high integrity.
People will respect you
Do you enjoy spending time around people that you don’t respect? Often times a lack of respect for someone is met with disrespect so it’s best not to be in their presence. Respect is earned by positive and consistent behavior.
People will trust you
If I can’t trust you, all that I can do is pray for you. For me, everyone starts with a clean slate of trust. Because we are humans, we will let each other down and I can live with that. It becomes a problem when your negative behavior is consistent and without conscience. If you want to be trusted, be consistent with your positive behavior.
People will follow you
If you have any desire to be a leader in your school, job, community or even in your own home, you have to be consistent with your positive behavior. An occasional crazy day of yours can be written off as you “having a bad day” but if you meet people most days with a bad attitude, late, full of complaints and excuses, know one will follow you because you are headed to destruction any way.
I’m not perfect but I am consistent with positive behavior and therefore I’m claiming to be a man of high integrity. I’m sure that means a lot to you if you are family member and/or friend of mine.