In the Bible and in our lives we are instructed in the importance of keeping a good name. Proverbs 22:1 states that: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Likewise, Ecclesiastes 7:1 states: “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”
We are urged, advised, cautioned earnestly and admonished urgently to keep a good name, a name for good things with God and with men. The Bible gives clear instruction on how we can do that. For instance …
Philippians 4:8 says:
“WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE AND HONEST” – It entreats us to regard what we say in truth and use decency in our behavior toward everyone. After all, we are the beacons that reflect the light of Jesus in a dark world. When people look at what we say or what we do, they should see an aura about us that reflects love, acceptance, compassion, help, forgiveness—all characteristics of Jesus.
”WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST AND PURE” – Indicates that we are to be agreeable to the rules of justice and use [what I call] righteous fairness in all of our business or other dealings with men, and to do them without the impurity of sin.
“WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY AND OF GOOD REPORT” – Meaning to have or show agreeable personal qualities, to be pleasant, amiable. Again this character reflects Jesus and will make us well spoken of and thought of by others. However, we should not put on a façade to gain attention to ourselves. It gives us credibility when we witness or speak of the love and forgiveness of God.
“IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE” – We should imitate what is truly excellent among other Believers and not be ashamed to learn from them. The road to Spiritual Maturity is a growth process. Virtue has its praise because when we are virtuous, praise is exuded to the One who gives it. So we should walk in all the ways of virtue our whole life; and then, whether “…praise be of men or no, it will be of God” Rom. 2:29d.
Paul uses himself as an example in Philippians. 4:9: Those things which you have learned, and received, and heard and seen in me, do. What was seen in Paul was the same thing that they heard from him. His life and how he lived for Christ was in one accord. It says a great deal about and gives a powerful influence to what we say to others because it attracts and stimulates in others what they have seen in us. And isn’t that the way to have the God of peace with us? … by remaining steadfast in our allegiance to him?
So, my friends, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, are lovely and of a good report, has virtue and praise …. think on them, live them …. then you will share the “good name” of your Heavenly Father.
Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved
- Think on These Things (encouragement4lifeblog.wordpress.com)
- Philippians 4:4-9 (walklikeenoch.com)
- Power In The Name Of Jesus (jodykyoung.wordpress.com)