Integrity vs Hypocrisy

Integrity vs Hypocrisy

Matthew 22:16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Throughout the bible, we notice that those who pleased God, who we awe at, all had integrity; Noah (Genesis 6:9-8:22);Abraham (Genesis 22); King David (2 Samuel 7) and Jesus (Matthew 22:16Matthew 17).

What is integrity?
 Integrity is doing what's right according to the word of God, instead of doing what's easy. Integrity is what helps us remain obedient to God [View the Pictorial Blog-Post: How Saul grieved the Holy Spirit]. The reason why some church goers lack integrity is because when the Holy Spirit convicts believers, if they are not heeding that conviction from the Holy Spirit, they will live in disobedience and eventually their hearts will be hardened.

We all love King David! Who doesn't? What makes King David stand out in the bible is the fact that he was a great leader. King David was a man of integrity (1 Samuel 30:22-26, 1 Samuel 26:1-25 2 Samuel 23:13-17, 2 Samuel 24:17, 2 Samuel 16:10). The Lord, called King David to be a Shepherd over Israel, as a King(2 Samuel 5:2,2 Samuel 24:17). You may think well it was easier for the righteous to have had integrity during ancient biblical days. Let's do a high-level overview of what King David the man of integrity, obedience and psalms had to overcome during his life.
  1. King Saul tried to kill David for years. David lived most of his 20's escaping from King Saul. 
  2. There were several times that King David could have killed Saul who had been chasing David for several years to kill him. 
  3. In addition, to running from King Saul. David's son Absalom tried to kill King David
  4. That same son killed his other son for raping the first son's sister and he loved them all despite of their wrongdoing. We know this because we read in 2 Samuel 19 that David wept over the death of his son that tried to take his life. He also wept over the son that was killed by his other son and was angry at that son for raping his daughter. King David also dealt with generational curses!
During the process of understanding and accepting God's plan for our life and the purpose for that plan, and actually pursuing that plan God is looking at our character. Are we going to have integrity in every situation no matter how difficult or be a hypocrite when things get hard? I've said this because God is not going to make us a ruler over much if we cannot handle a little. Please read:How do we Overcome Trials & Tribulations as a believer?



What is hypocrisy?
Hypocrisy is saying that you are going to do something (e.g. live according to the word of God) or encouraging others to do something (live according to the word), but you yourselves do not do what you tell others to do. Right after the teachers of the law told Jesus that he is a man of integrity in Matthew 22:16, Jesus tells his disciples that the teachers of the law are hypocrites in Matthew 23:13-39.