The Integrity of Your Word

I remember a time when a man’s word meant something. When he gave it, his reputation and integrity were at stake. A good reputation was important. His integrity spoke of his worth as a man, and he was careful not to sell it too cheaply. That’s all gone now as trust is no longer an issue. Everyone is assumed to be a liar and a cheat, unless they can prove otherwise. Dealing with foreigners who originate from corrupt countries, is a difficult experience. They assume your guilt and find it unbelievable that you might be otherwise because dishonesty is all they’ve ever known.
I bought a new tractor last week from an old tractor salesman. He delivered it to our farm on Pender Island, and said I could pay him when I returned the following week. 40 grand on a handshake!! This guy’s a dinosaur, a relic from the past. It was so refreshing to deal with someone who afforded me some dignity and trust, that I’m for sure going to patronize his company in the future.
Today I was talking to a shop owner who was lamenting a business agreement that went south, because he didn’t have an agreement on paper. He trusted the new owner as he had trusted his father for the past 20 years. Apparently the son had a different set of morals which didn’t honor a verbal agreement.
The bible has a lot to say about integrity and keeping your word. Keeping your word doesn’t end when it’s a convenient thing to do, when you’d like to take back what you said because the consequences of keeping it are greater now.
In Psalms.15 it talks about a man who honors The Lord by swearing to his own hurt, and not changing. That’s when a man’s true colors come out. Will he keep his word now in spite of the cost or will he try to weasel out of it.
We serve a God who hears our every idle word, and holds us accountable for them. I can understand the unredeemed man, without the knowledge or understanding of God’s judgements, not keeping his word. The Christian however is to be most pitied if he reneges on his word.
I can remember a low point in my life when I was a young man. I compromised my word for a few hundred bucks. I was immediately found out, and reprimanded for it. I was ashamed of myself. It was like someone stabbed me through with a knife. “Never again” I said.

One thought on “The Integrity of Your Word

  1. Hey Bill, I heard a good quote. I¹ll paraphrase it…….. An honorable man does not need a covenant; a dishonorable man cannot keep one!

    On 25/03/14 9:06 AM, “The Contrarian Prophet” wrote:

    > narwhal4 posted: “I remember a time when a man’s word meant something. When > he gave it, his reputation and integrity were at stake. A good reputation was > important. His integrity spoke of his worth as a man, and he was careful not > to sell it too cheaply. That’s all gone ” >

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