October 14, 2020
A good relationship starts with having a right relationship with the Lord
· What is my reputation in the church and the community?
· Merriam-Webster Dictionary: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
· Dictionary of Bible Themes: the estimation of a person in the sight of God or other people
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
· A good reputation starts with having a right relationship with the Lord.
1 Peter 1:14–16 (NLT) So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
1 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
· A person with a good reputation guards what they allow to come into their eyes.
Proverbs 25:9–10 (NLT) When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation.
· A person with a good reputation guards their speech.
James 3:2–6 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Proverbs 26:20 (NLT) Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
· A person with a good reputation avoids gossip.
James 2:7-10 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. All animals can be tamed by people, even a horse with a small bit in it’s mouth can be directed where to go, but we cannot control our tongue. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
· How is our reputation in the sight of God?
John 5:24 Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
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