The word "integrity" literally means the quality of being whole and undivided. In mathematics, a number like 1 or 2 is called an integer because it is whole; it is not divided as a fraction. A person with integrity is whole and undivided. They are the same person, with the same values, in every situation. They are the same inside and out. They treat people who an't do anything for them the same way they treat the high and mighty.
What are the benefits of a life of integrity? It is good for the people around you. People can connect with you if you demonstrate some degree of consistency. They like to feel that they know who you are. Also, a life of integrity is good for you personally. It gives you a sense of peace and tranquility. As Howard Thurman said, it is exhausting to live life at cross purposes. A person with integrity knows who they are. And while living with integrity may sometimes have some temporary costs, the Bible assures us that God will bless a life of integrity.
The Book of Proverbs says, "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely." This Sunday we will continue our sermon series, "A Life of Wisdom" by looking at this most wise virtue: integrity.