“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head.” Eph. 4:15 NIV
Solomon said that a good name was better than great wealth. An old adage is “Poor and honest is better than rich and deceitful”. There is nothing wrong in having a sense of pride in one’s integrity. With it comes the wealth of self respect. That doesn’t mean arrogance or hypocritical pride; it simply means that we are glad that others know they can count on our ethical values.
Bearing false witness is slandering the good name of others. Why would someone do such a thing? They may be trying to deflect the blame that rightly belongs on them. They may be trying to get ahead by putting someone else behind. They may just be malicious gossips. Whatever the reason, we must always make sure we are not the ones doing it. God has not called us to climb the ladder of success on the back of others. He has not called us to be idle gossips that pass along the dirt on others. He has called us to love our neighbor. While we want our integrity to be valued we must always remember to not mar the integrity of others.
Our Lord and God, We thank you for giving us clean consciences; help us keep the names of others clean as well. Amen.
The Friday Benediction
Until Monday, my friends, may the good God envelop you with His grace; may you prove the common confession of faith, “I believe in the holy Christian church and in the fellowship of the saints”, and may you be enriched with joy and hope as you exercise that confession this weekend. Amen
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