In our ever-changing world, how do you know what’s right—what’s true? We all want to do the “right thing,” and sometimes it’s hard to know what that is. The answer lies in understanding ethics—the systems of belief that help us determine right from wrong and guide all our decisions. In these Keys for Living, you’ll discover six ethical systems and how they compare to the truth of God’s Word. Learn how you can be a person of integrity—biblical integrity—and consistently do what’s right in God’s sight.
The CEO lines his pockets at his stockholders’ expense. The politician commits to promises he has no plans of keeping. The student “borrows” answers in order to pass the test. The minister commits adultery in the name of “unmet needs.” The driver exceeds the limit—he thinks he won’t be caught. The lawyer overbills his client in order to pad his income. And the list goes on.
If you were to ask people, “Do you consider yourself a person of integrity?” almost everyone would answer yes, including those just mentioned. Yet those with real integrity are the same in the dark as in the light. The Lord loves to honor those with a heart like His … those who are right in His sight. For He says,
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
“They came to him and said, ‘Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.’ ”
“Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.”
— not double-minded with contradictory thoughts, words and actions
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”
— not pretending to have virtues or qualities that are really not present in the heart (hypocrisy)
“In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
— not focusing on temporal gain but on growing in godly character
— An undivided mind … Your eyes are focused on the right values.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.”
— An undivided will … Your actions are serving only one master.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the...
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.”
2 Corinthians 13:5
2 Corinthians 4:1–2
1 Corinthians 10:23