Practicing Integrity

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Practicing Integrity

Practicing Integrity

In the Bible, God commands that we practice integrity in our everyday dealings. Leviticus 19:35-36 states:

“Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt”

During that time, barter was still a very common tool for acquiring goods. However, because the barter system does not have one fixed scale, it was easy for one to cheat another off his wealth by using unjust measuring techniques. God warns the people against dishonest practices when exchanging goods in Leviticus 19:35-36.

In the passage, God also tells us that all wealth comes from Him, as He led his people out of the land of slavery and scarcity, and into the land of abundance and freedom. He does not want us to use the freedom and wealth that He has given us for dishonest purposes. Therefore, He expects that we are fair and honest when dealing with one another. He expects integrity.

God has provided us with more than enough of our share. The only reason why some people seem to be on the losing end is due to bad decision-making –both by them or by other people. However, with regards to abundance, no matter how vast the population may grow, God will always provide for us. There is no need to become greedy and dishonest by cheating others of their share

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