Integrity: Knowing what is right and living outwardly by these Internal standards


Teaching children to know what is right and then to have the integrity to do what is right.

The word integrate comes from a root word which means undivided. The moral sense of integrity, then, insinuates teaching our children to know and understand what is true and right and then to live accordingly, without a divided heart.

24 Family Way # 21: We do what we know is right regardless what others do or say.

Right is always right even if no one is doing it, wrong is always wrong even if everyone is doing it.

Memory Verse: Psalm 1:1-2

"How blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But His delight is in the law of the Lord and in this law He meditates day and night."

When we teach our children moral and spiritual integrity, we give them foundations of strength and wisdom to face any issue that may come up in their lives.

We teach them not to walk--move, travel, follow the road of righteousness--not to walk in the counsel--the wisdom and advise of the wicked. The voices of the world, wicked and some just short-sighted and immature, are coming out of media, the internet, television, movies so quickly no one even notices anymore. But if our children want to have a way "not" to walk in the counsel of the world, they must have the counsel of the Bible in their minds so they can walk in the path of the righteous.

Standing in the path of sinners---often, we see Christians standing right at the point of compromise--in the path of sinners--maybe not sinning or being immoral, exactly, but certainly not distinguishing themselves as holy and set apart for God's purposes. They want to be liked, to be like the world, fit into the world because it is not easy to stand alone. Yet, the godly cannot, may not stand in the pathway of sinners and dwell there without becoming compromised.

Not sit in the seat of scoffers. We are also not called to point fingers, cast judgement, criticize others as we sit passively by pontificating. We are called to redeem, to bring light, to counteract the messages of culture.

But His delight is in the law of the Lord. Delight insinuates pleasure, something I seek gladly, something I greatly enjoy. The godly person seeks with all of his heart and with gladness, the wisdom of God, the truth of God, the ways of God.

For our children to have integrity, and to live undivided, they must understand the strength, sure foundation and nuance of the word of God. And then, this child will be secure and blessed.