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Integrity Summed Up Perfectly by this Ancient King

In around 1040-970 BC lived one of the most famous characters in history, King David of Israel. David was a king and warrior reputed for his wise leadership, loyalty and integrity.

One of the standout incidents that David is known for was his constant refusal to kill his predecessor King Saul, who was for a period of time relentlessly pursuing his life out of jealous hatred towards him. Despite being presented with several opportunities to strike, and being under pressure from hundreds of his followers who were on the run with him to eliminate their threat, David held firm to his moral principle that he would not harm a king who was anointed by God. Talk about a strong leader!

David was also a skilled musician and lyricist. Many of his songs, which are recorded in the biblical book of Psalms, spoke of his life, experiences and faith.

One of his most famous songs, Psalm 34, was written during his fugitive days where he was evading Saul. Within that song, David offers a piece of advice that goes:

Turn from Evil and do good.

Straightforward as it sounds, this phrase from ancient times also wonderfully captures in a nutshell what it means to have integrity, even to this day (which as discussed here, is about being whole).

What this means for us

Do we do good in our lives? I believe there’s no doubt most, if not all of us can honestly say that we do. However, doing good only fulfils one part of the equation as to what it means to have integrity. The other part entails turning from evil, and this is where many leaders struggle, or tend to neglect.

Let’s use a simple illustration—the Internet. We all use the Internet to do good in countless ways, from creating valuable content to aiding charitable causes and forming positive relationships. Yet the very same platform can also be used to perform much evil—things we’d not want anyone to ever find out.

How many leaders have we known have had their reputation ruined overnight, not because they stopped doing good, but because they failed to turn from evil, be it in their business dealings or personal lives? How many times do we hide what we have done from others because we too have failed to turn from evil?

Integrity demands that we observe both aspects of this equation that King David had long ago laid out for his readers.

Turn from evil and do good.

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