Therefore, after you have gotten rid of lying, Each of you must tell the truth to your neighbor because we are parts of each other in the same body. Be angry without sinning. Don’t let the sun set on your anger. Don’t provide an opportunity for the devil. Thieves should no longer steal. Instead, they should go to work, using their hands to do good so that they will have something to share with whoever is in need. Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say. Don’t make the Holy Spirit of God unhappy—you were sealed by him for the day of redemption. Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ. Therefore, imitate God like dearly loved children. Live your life with love, following the example of Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. He was a sacrificial offering that smelled sweet to God. (Ephesians 4:25—5:2, CEB)
Integrity is a great word. It is a word that means you do not lie, you do not steal, and you treat others the way you want to be treated. There are no underhanded deals or things that you can not say in polite company.
It is a way many people seem not to live today. But when we are truly followers of Christ, we are people of integrity.
We say what we mean and mean what we say and what we say doesn’t depend on who is around and what we do doesn’t mean someone is watching. We are the same person all the time and say and do the same things regardless of who is or isn’t in the room.
Be a person of integrity. It is honestly the easiest way to live.
Loving People. Loving God.