Proverbs 11:3 Dissected & Defined
The integrity (oneness; without partiality) of the upright (living right God’s way) shall guide them: but the perverseness (distortion) of transgressors (one who violates a set boundary) shall destroy them.
True story! There were a man and woman who had everything. This man and woman were not holy, but they were not unholy. They were not perfect, but they were not imperfect. Instead, they were simply innocent. You see, they lived in a perfect place. This place was a beautiful garden.
The Choice of Integrity
They were given this garden to develop and protect. Inside this garden, they could enjoy everything except one tree that possessed forbidden fruit. They had freedom, and they had a choice. They could eat of the forbidden fruit, but they would violate a boundary that was given to them by their Creator. However, if they ate it, they would die.
Unfortunately, they did not walk in integrity. Integrity means “oneness.” Though they walked one-on-one with God, they allowed themselves to be negatively influenced by someone outside that relationship. The woman fell, then man allowed himself to be negatively influenced by his wife. So now their oneness had been compromised. And because of this, they were no longer one with God or one with the other. Their integrity had been lost and they violated their boundaries.
Their Lack of Integrity Caused Death
No longer one with God, their spirit died that day. Their spirit is what enabled them to communicate with God. From that day forward, they had no one to guide them. Their oneness had always guided them.
So, when God tells us that He is giving us boundaries in which we might enjoy a life of freedom, that He will guide us every day and every step of the way, if we follow Him in a spirit of oneness with His indwelling Spirit; when He tells us that if we allow influences to break our oneness, that we will violate our boundaries of freedom, and we, too will find ourselves being destroyed, I guess…..He means it!