What Is The Difference Between?

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What is the difference between integrity and character?

Integrity:

Webster’s Dictionary Definition:

in·teg·ri·ty noun \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

A firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, values of incorruptibility

We have all heard such phrases as, “She had the integrity to refuse to compromise on matters of principle.” Or, “He’s a man of the highest integrity.”

WHAT IS INTEGRITY?

The righteous who walks in his integrity, blessed are his children after him! (Proverbs 20:7)

We all desire to be known as one having integrity.  Integrity states and implies you will adhere to God’s ways and His commands. This means you have complete desire to walk with Him and to move in the power of the Holy Spirit. Integrity means you want Him more than the air you breathe.

Character:

Webster’s Dictionary Definition:

char·ac·ter noun \ˈker-ik-tər\

A moral excellence and firmness and the mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation

We have all heard people say, “That person has such high moral character.”

WHAT IS CHARACTER?

With upright heart (character of heart) he (David) shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand. (Psalms 78:72)

David was a man of character because every time he sinned he repented before God. The difference between David and Saul was, Saul was always finding a way to get away with his sin. Character means if you make a mistake, you admit to it and equal to that, you take the steps to make it right. God is fully aware of the difference between immaturity and rebellion. David sometimes moved in a life of immaturity but God ultimately matured him to become King of Israel. God loved his character. You can be immature in the ways of God and still have character. God’s desire for you is that you move into life with character and character will increase as you walk with Him. Remember, He is very patient with you, just like He was with David!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Integrity says you will follow his ways fully. Character says, if you blow your integrity, you will acknowledge the mistake and where necessary make it right. So my friends, God’s desire is for us to walk “living life lighter”. This will be manifest as you walk in integrity and where needed, adopt character.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Do you have any comments? I would love to hear from you!

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About Ken Winton

Ken Winton is a transparent conversationalist; his inspiring teachings have motivated companies of people around the world into living their lives lighter. Ken is edgy, relatable, some times a goof, but always influential. Ken is an international speaker, author, musician and hosts his own radio show, podcasts and blogs and most of all, loves to go on walks with his wife Becky. When Ken is not on the road he frequents his favorite coffeehouse to sip on a cup of caffeine and chat with the locals. Ken resides in Chico California with his wife, three kids, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law and a whole mob of five glorious grand-kids. And, by the way each grandchild is his favorite.
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2 Responses to What Is The Difference Between?

  1. Rick Stassi says:

    Rely on God’s forgiveness and undying grace. I like the lightness you bring up. It reduces the probability of angst that attacks us so often. This is a good comparison. I use these two words in terms of godly integrity and godly character.

    Inherent integrity in God’s grace, purposeful character in our obedience to being humble in His instruction.

    Thanks, Ken

    Rick

    • Ken Winton says:

      That’s good Rick. I like UR thought about ” being humble in His instruction”. The word humble actually means “to agree with God”. Therefore, we agree with His instruction. I am so glad He delivers grace to us during the process!

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