A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold. — Prov 22:1 NET
We cannot be too careful of our good name. Many things, perhaps not morally wrong in themselves, when seen by other and uncharitable eyes; may yet be construed to mean wrong-doing, and may thus hurt one’s good name. There is need, too, of the most delicate moral sense in the regulation of conduct, and the most careful interpretation of duty, lest there be a lowering of tone which shall permit of acts not in accord with the perfect law of right. We cannot hold ourselves too strictly to “whatever things are true, whatever things are of good report.” A name once tarnished, never can be made altogether bright again.
“The fleece that had been by the dyer stained,
Never again its native whiteness gained.”
Daily Comfort - October 14
Public domain content taken from Devotional Writings by J.R. Miller.