Tag Archives: Proverbs 2:21

A Good Name

Your name, your reputation, it means something. In a day when it seems like reputation doesn’t mean as much, it is important to note that not everyone looks up to the people on television or in the sports arena like they can do no wrong. Many times, when someone does something to take advantage of others, to build up their own treasures at the expense of others, when it is revealed, their moral authority is gone.

The Bible tells us to choose a good reputation over great riches. This doesn’t mean having silver or gold is bad. The verse makes it clear that if you had to choose one, choose to be one with a good reputation, one who is “held in high esteem.” A good reputation cannot be taken away unless you have a moment of turmoil. Riches come and go. Riches aren’t as important as your moral authority.

It is so easy to let go of your good name just for some extra money. We all have moments of greed. Be sure to remember that it takes years to build up a good reputation; it takes a second to make a bad decision that will destroy that same reputation. Choose a good reputation. Live so your name is a good one, a name that doesn’t cause you or your family to shrink and hide. A good reputation helps you to shine a light on Jesus!

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1 [NLT]

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Good Company

It is very difficult to deeply immerse yourself in the world and expect to live a godly life. It is important to spend time in good company because these people will help you to “keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.” Hang around those with integrity, those who are honest, those who will help build you up and equip you, those who know and love God and who are devoted to studying God’s Word and who regularly worship the Lord.

When you spend a lot of time in bad company, it wears off on you to the point no one can tell the difference between you and the worldly. Imagine a cup of water. The cup of water represents the godly life. The water is clear. However, if you take a tea bag (bad company) and dip it in the water, slowly the water changes color and taste. Little by little, you can add more tea bags or simply allow the tea to soak through the bag in time. The water changes. It’s no longer water. It’s tea. It is the same way with bad company.

We are to interact with sinners, to spend time with sinners. Each of us is in fact a sinner. Plus, if we were to isolate ourselves after being saved, then how would the Gospel be shared? Still, we all need a great community of godly friends to walk with us through life. I thank God for my mentors, my friends, my good company. They have helped to strengthen me, to pray for me, to point me in the right direction, to share Scripture, to comfort, to encourage. Join the company of good men and women.

“So—join the company of good men and women,
keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.
It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land,
the women with integrity who will last here.
The corrupt will lose their lives;
the dishonest will be gone for good.”

-Proverbs 2:20-22 [MSG]

 

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