Integrity is a high watermark of an authentic follower of Christ. What is a watermark? It is a faint design or imprint made on some types of paper during manufacture, that is visible when held against the light. I use watercolor paper in my art designs. Every piece has a watermark on it.
When we walk in the light, our integrity-watermark is clearly visible to those around us. You cannot counterfeit the watermark of an authentic believer in Jesus. Pretense does not ring true. The inner betrayal thoughts will surface at some point in your actions.
I love John 3:20-21 says, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Light-dwellers have nothing to hide. They love the light. They want the character of Jesus to shine through their lives. Character is what we do behind doors as well as in the open.
Circumstances don’t change or alter their heart integrity. Integrity is like a stamp on the heart that bears the image of Jesus. Hebrews 1:3 says, “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person…” Image is the word for character. There is a song. The chorus ends, ‘stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.’
Integrity is maintained through intentional thoughts. It is inward truth that governs actions. Inward truth is the fruit of God’s word hidden as a stronghold’s rampart. It stands as a sentinel that warns when a betrayer thought is lobbed.
Listens to Jesus’ words through His disciple John. 1 John 1:5-7 says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
If you would like to read more about the watermarks that authenticate a true believer, I encourage you to get my ebook “Watermarks: authenticity of a follower of Jesus.” It is also chapter five in Victorious Garden: true heart forgiveness. Both on Amazon.