Things That Tarnish Your Reputation

September 27, 2014


Things That Tarnish Your Reputation

            There are very few who don’t care what others think of them.  Most of us want to be respected by others.  That gives us reason to think seriously about what we read in Ecclesiastes 10:1.  “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”   Flies are little insects but they can cause us a lot of trouble.  House wives are embarrassed if they have flies in their house.  In the same way, there are small things that can tarnish our reputation.  In this article we are going to call your attention to some of those small things.  If you know that your are guilty of some of these things you can greatly improve your reputation if you take a fly swatter to them.

If you want to have a reputation of wisdom and honor, you need to have some good moral values.  For example, you need to be known as an honest person.  Tell the truth, even when it hurts or embarrasses you.  A lie gives of a bad odor in that which we expect to smell good.  When people realize that we don’t always tell the truth, they lose confidence in us.  They lose respect for us.

Some people let the matter of lying get out of control.  They even tell lies when there is no need for it.  Maybe it does something for their ego to be able to deceive people.  It sure doesn’t do anything for their reputation.  It is hard to regain the respect we have lost by being untruthful.

The Bible clearly condemns lying.  One of the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20, says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.”  John 8:44 tells us that Satan is a liar.  “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Colossians 3:9 tells us that we shouldn’t lie.  “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” Revelations 21:8 tells us what will be the final destination of liars.  “All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Having a dirty mouth is another thing that tarnishes our reputation.  Cultured and well educated people can express themselves freely without using dirty words.  To use profanity is to treat something with irreverence.  It is to make common or defile.  Profanity is also included in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:7 which says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”  Ephesians 4:29 also says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”  The language you use says something about the kind of person you are.

Telling dirty jokes is something similar to profanity.  It often makes a joke out of the pure and sacred.  It stimulates impure thoughts.  There are lots of good jokes.  They stimulate good clean humor and clean thoughts.

Pride also tarnishes your reputation.  People have little respect for those who boast about themselves.  Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”  People who have a low self-image may feel the need of boasting about themselves.  There is a need for some pride.  It isn’t always wrong, but if it reveals an exalted image of ourselves, it tarnishes our reputation.  People respect the humble, not the proud.

Apart from tarnishing our reputation, pride also puts us in danger of being chastened by God.  Luke 18:14 says, “Every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

If you care about your reputation, you need to eliminate things in your life that tarnish it.  Without a good reputation we can’t expect to be favored by those around us.  We can’t serve others like we should without a good reputation.

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