Incidentally, I wouldn’t want an athlete who would do that on my team at any price, and I wouldn’t want my children watching him play. I wouldn’t want his poster hanging up in my house, because integrity is more important than talent.

Integrity in the Home

Of all the places that integrity can manifest itself, nowhere is it more important than in the home. Psalm 101:2 says, “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way . . . I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” The word perfect there is the same Hebrew word translated integrity.

At the end of the book of Job, God gave Job double what he’d had originally, plus ten more children. Imagine the testimony those children heard. Imagine him telling them about everything he went through and was still able to hold on to his integrity.

When children see their parents act with integrity—when they see them do right regardless of the cost—the lessons that they learn are priceless.

Proverbs 20:7 says, “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”

Integrity: Your Guide and Guard

Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”

If you have integrity, it will serve as a guide to you, directing you in the way you ought to be going.

Psalms 25:21 says, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”

It was the integrity of his heart that saved Abimelech’s life. It matters not how much talent, money, intelligence, personality, charisma, or ability a person has. If he doesn’t have integrity, his life may become worthless.

Helping our children develop not only character, but also true, heart-based integrity, is one of our greatest responsibilities as parents. With God’s help, we can raise children who will stand strong for Him no matter what may come their way. 

Dr. S. M. Davishas been the pastor of Park Meadows Baptist Church for 35 years. He and his wife, Rae Jean, have been married for 40 years and have four children and twelve grandchildren. He also speaks widely in churches and at homeschool conventions on family-related issues. For more information about his ministry, visit or call 800-500-8853.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally preached as a sermon by Dr. S. M. Davis, and was specially edited and adapted for publication in Home School Enrichment Magazine, where it appeared in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue. Learn more at Special thanks to Evangelist Dennis Corle of Revival Fires Magazine whose sermon on “Integrity” provided both inspiration and information for this message.