At Home Bible Study from your Board of Christian Education – 7/15/20
Lesson 9: The Christian Virtue of Integrity
You tell that little white lie (that doesn’t count does it?), you find yourself flirting with a coworker (but you are married), you find a wallet and use the money to pay your bills (you needed the money more than the owner, right?), you decide to just relax and have fun with your kids this morning (but it’s Sunday and your kids are learning from you not to bother with church), you’ve had a rough day so there is a good reason for belittling and shouting at your family, right? Maybe we need to listen to what God has to say about being of strong integrity and become more like Jesus.
Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of integrity is: quality of being of sound moral principle, uprightness, honesty and sincerity.
Reading: 1 Samuel 24 (the purpose of this lesson is to discover how our character and our relationships are affected when we are people of integrity).
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- When do you find ideas about integrity coming into conflict with life choices in your family, work, church and friends?
- Read 1 Samuel 24. What strong action verbs do you notice in these verses?
- Taking into account the relationship between David and Saul (see 1 Sam 18 for background), how might one justify the statements David’s men make in verse 4?
- Why does David regret cutting Saul’s robe (vv. 5-7)?
- What small actions of questionable integrity are tempting for you?
- What do you find surprising about David’s actions in verses 8-15?
- How does integrity involve risk-taking?
- How do David’s words and actions show him to be a man of integrity?
- How does Saul’s response (vv. 16-22) give even more credibility to David’s actions?
- What power does integrity have to turn enemies into friends?
- What current situation or relationship would you like to change through actions of integrity?
Lord God, you made me to be the image of you. Yet how I have let my decisions diminish the person I know I can be. I am weak, and so even though I try to change, I keep repeating my same poor decisions. But you Lord are all powerful. Through you I can have the strength to change my ways to your glory. I can be the person of integrity that you want me to be. I can be someone that my family, my friends, my church and my coworkers look at with respect and curiosity so they want to imitate my actions. Please Lord, reveal the areas in my life where I can grow in integrity and give me friends who will “keep me honest”. In your holy name, Amen.