Webster’s defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair”.
Sometimes when we lie, or when people lie to us, we attempt to justify it with, “It’s just a small lie” or, “Maybe they wouldn’t care either way, so I won’t correct my mistake.”
We recently had a situation where my husband and I were lied to. We didn’t know the person very well, and maybe it was naïve of me to assume this man was being honest. It was painful and frustrating to find out the truth. It really called into question everything else he had said before and after.
When we talked with him about it, it was a humbling and awkward experience, for us and for him.
We’re choosing to give this man grace. I still don’t know if he intended to lie or if it was an honest mistake. I may never know. But that’s ok. I don’t need to know. I need to choose to give grace.
I need to choose grace because I’m not perfect either. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and bad choices.
I’m so thankful that God has forgiven me.
My mom always said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember your lie.” It really is that simple. I have a short attention span anyway, so I’ve never been able to keep up with lying.
Just live with integrity. It makes life so much simpler.