Integrity is perhaps one of the least understood aspects of the moral life. Perhaps this is because we seem to be taught from an early age to compartmentalize our lives and thus have developed the capacity to rationalize away our sin with sentiments such as: “It is only a little amount of money I am stealing,” or “I usually do my tax return properly” or “Every one else is doing it” and so on. None of these excuses has even a minute amount of validity. Sin is sin and we need to be strong and honest enough to call it as such.
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who have observed his law; seek justice, seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger. 3: 12 But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD: 13 the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; they shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them.