Reputation—found seven times in seven verses
Variations: reputation, reputed
First usage: Job 18:3 (reputed)
Last usage: Philippians 2:29 (reputation)
Defined: the manner in which someone is esteemed or valued in the eyes of another
Interesting fact: It has been said that a good reputation takes a lifetime to build but only a moment to destroy. It is not the great things that trip up the man but frequently the little things. According to Ecclesiastes 10:1, something as simple and common as dead flies can cause an otherwise delightful smell of the apothecary to become a stinking savour. In like manner, a little foolish behaviour pollutes a man’s otherwise spotless reputation.
Bible study tip: Approach the scripture open-mindedly. Preconceived notions frequently may be correct, but when they are not correct, they too can serve as the obstruction to your understanding of a passage. Simply because a particular interpretation has become popular and generally accepted does not make it correct or accurate. Consider Psalm 127:1—to what type of house does the psalm refer? Based upon Psalm 127:3-5, we assume that it refers to a man’s family. However, the subtitle says, “A Song of degrees for Solomon.” Solomon built the temple for the Lord. Is it possible Psalm 127:1 could instead be referring to the temple (1 Kings 8:27)? Perhaps our preconceived notion is accurate, but an open mind invites actual Bible study to determine the veracity of any teaching.
Sunday, Day 253—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 254—A Good Name
Tuesday, Day 255—The Day of One’s Death
Wednesday, Day 256—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 257—The Cornerstone of a Good Reputation
Friday, Day 258—Behaviour Affects Your Reputation
Saturday, Day 259—Favour in the Sight of God and Man
Day 253: Church Day
Acts 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.