A summary of what we have seen in this series so far:
Part 1: Dependence on God for success and following his direction
Part 2: Obeying God is wisdom and wisdom brings success
Part 3: God is our source and keeping our focus on him and not on the gifts makes us prosperous and success begins to chase us. Also, prosperity and success are not determined by our material possessions but by our relationship with God.
Part 4: We can receive favor in unfavorable circumstances. Be faithful in all the small things to see growth. We can learn from scripture.
Part 5: God is interested in our character. Important traits to have in our character.
One of the most important traits to have. According to an SHRM survey, 87% of Employers seek this trait in the professionals they hire. Integrity is the quality of being consistently true to the moral principles you uphold. No matter how much the pressure or how bad the need is, you give greater importance to the principles you stand for rather than the circumstance. Which means you do not compromise and you are dependable.
“He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known [Proverbs 10:9 – NKJV]”
Honesty & Truthfulness:
Those who are honest can be trusted and people like to work with them. They will admit their mistakes instead of hiding them. Only the truth brings freedom and wisdom.
“God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business. [Proverbs 16:11 – The Message]”
Speak kindly and avoid slandering:
Speaking kindly is very important for any relationship to prosper. We are to speak kindly not just to a customer or supervisor, but also to our colleagues, juniors, friends, neighbors, and most importantly family members. It benefits them, yes, but it makes us also happier, kindness is contagious, even those who don’t usually speak kindly may start doing so. Slander is bearing false witness, something which God hates so intensely that he put it in the ten commandments and listed it as a poison.
“Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts these are poison. [Ephesians 4:31 – The Voice]”
Avoid wrongdoing and hate evil:
Those who meddle with what’s wrong often have a tough time keeping up. You can survive unnoticed for a while but sooner or later the truth will be out. Beware wrongdoing has its consequences. God expects us to hate evil and wrongdoing and lead a simple truthful life.
“The wicked will be snared by their own wrongdoing. Their flaws will tie their own hands, and they will be dragged through life by the cords of their sins. [Proverbs 5:22 – The Voice]”
Honor God and his people:
To know that God is our source and not honor him is utter foolishness. If we honor God we could do well by honoring the people who do his work. Jesus said that even if we give a cup of cold water to them we have a reward.
“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward. [Matthew 10:42 – NKJV]”
Keep our promises:
When we do not keep our promise, we become untrustworthy. People will not want to make any deals or transactions with us. God expects us to abide by the oaths we swear and the promises we make.
“You need not swear an oath any impulse to do so is of evil. Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and let your ‘no’ be ‘no’. [Matthew 5:33,37 – The Voice]”
Do not seek gain in help:
Sometimes the motive of our helping others can be personal gain. I guess this is one of the most common deceptive traits we can have. Helping with a pure heart means that we genuinely care about the person, have a generous heart and do not blow our trumpet about it.
“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. [Proverbs 11:25 – NKJV]”
Do not accept bribes:
Offering and accepting a bribe is like cancer. It harms the system and brings injustice. Slowly but surely it leads to destruction.
“And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous. [Exodus 23:8 – NKJV]”
This is only the beginning, God wants to help us establish these and many more important traits in our character, that is why he gave us His Holy Spirit with his fruits. When we yield to the Holy Spirit we begin to learn all that is needed for our life. And thus, we can get to developing that strong character that is so important in this life and doing God’s work and yes to experience success, growth and promotion.
I do hope you were blessed in some way through this series. I trust that as you seek God, he will reveal all you need to know. The Holy Spirit, our counselor will guide and direct you.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. [Matthew 6:33 – NKJV]”