Ephesians 6:14a Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth (NKJV)
The Girdle Of Truth – The Believer’s Integrity
A soldier in Paul’s day had a leather girdle that he tightened about his waist to protect his loins and carry his weapons of warfare, such as a dagger or sword. The belt also held his tunic together so it wouldn’t be snagged.
In Christian armor, it is integrity that holds everything else together. If you do not have integrity in the big and small things of your life, you are going to lose the battle. Without truth everything falls apart. Satan will come against you with lies and bring a lack of integrity into your life. Jesus is the Truth and will strengthen you with His integrity. Would people say that you are a woman or man of integrity? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
[The Armour of Christian Warfare by Ardian Rogers.]
The call to have integrity in the “big and small things” in life jumps off the page. It’s easy to understand integrity in the big things in life. What about the small things? When does a small thing become big? How small is too small to be insignificant?
Do small integrity issues have any significance?
Some may say grace covers the small items and therefore should be overlooked. But in the Christian view of life grace covers the big things too! If grace did not cover the big issues in life we would all be in trouble.
At what point are small issues of integrity deemed acceptable and worthy of unrepentance?