(Pro 11:3 KJV) The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
As I looked at this word “integrity” (8538) I found that it is only used five times in the Old Testament. Four of them were in Job. Based on what I read there, integrity is not a popular virtue. At one point Job’s wife said,
(Job 2:9 KJV) Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.This was not a word of praise. She was saying, “Stop being stupid, Job. Give it up. Let it go.” Obviously this is not an easy standard.
The painful truth is that we are called to walk in righteousness in a world that hates righteousness. We want to be liked. We want to fit in. We want to get along with our neighbors but the sad truth is that eventually the hatred will come out.
So? We are still called to integrity. Keep in mind that the world rejects God too. That is the real reason why only a minority of humanity will be at the wedding feast of the Lamb. I hope to see you there.