What exactly is a “good name”? It means having a good reputation, or being known as a person with a good character. The Bible speaks most favorably about having a good name.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Pro 22:1 NIV)
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (Pro 3:4 NIV)
A good name is better than fine perfume . . . (Eccl 7:1a NIV)
Ecclesiastes asserts that a good reputation is better than fine perfume! Does that surprise you? Let’s think about this for a little time. Your good name is all about your integrity—your very character.
When people hear your name, what do they think about you? Do they associate your name with timeliness, honesty, and hard work? Or do they think several negative things instead?
Here are some valuable reasons why a good reputation can be considered better than riches.
- A good name provides steadiness – A person with a good name means that there are positive character traits the person has. When you’re known for having a good character, it causes other people to trust you and to want to deal with you. Trust is a stabilizing factor in life. In business, people will want to hire you or affiliate themselves with you. In personal life, you will have many trusted friends who will remain friends. A person with a good character is easy to love.
- A good name is endless – Think about the many people in history that are spoken of in our time with respect and awe. A good character stays behind when we have gone ahead into eternity. Once we have lived our lives and passed on, what kind of legacy will we have we left behind? How will our children, our family and friends remember us? If we followed Jesus’ example and lived our lives by faith, we can be assured that we will have made a positive contribution to our world.
- God bestows loving favor on those who have a good name. – When a person has a good name (a good character), they receive the favor of God and man. (Ps 84:11; Pro 3:1-4; 33-35) People enjoy interactions with those who make them feel good and who interact honorably with them. People will love you for your honesty; they will appreciate your work ethic; and they will respect your sense of integrity. When a person of good character is assaulted, their friends and associates will choose to defend and protect them. People love to unite together to help a person with a good name.
It’s good to stop and take stock, occasionally, of the state of our reputation. Is it in good shape? If not, there’s still time to make changes in your life in order to repair your good name.
The fear of man brings a snare [trap, pitfall, deception, trick, entanglement]. But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. [secure; literally, set on high] Many seek a ruler’s favor [face, good opinion], but justice for man comes from the Lord. (Prov 29:25-26, emphasis added)
Justice means fairness, uprightness, integrity, reparation, compensation, payment, or remuneration.
Only God can provide justice for mankind in any situation or circumstance. The Lord loves it when we’re dependent upon Him and His Word. He wants us to rely upon Him, and to trust Him in all situations. (See Ps. 9:9; 46:1, 11; 32:7; 119:114; 144:2)
So, instead of trying to find favor with some banker or friend, turn your heart and mind to the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust in Him. Ask Him to help you, deliver you, and rescue you. He will not fail you, because the Word of God reminds us that the Lord is faithful. (2 Thess 3:3)
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. (Ps 89:34)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever. (Isa 40:8)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (Matt 24:35)
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Cor 1:20)
Unlike human beings, God says what He means, and He means what He says. He is faithful to His Word. When He says that He will do something, you can rely upon it. You can rest in the fact that His Word will and MUST come to pass!
Not only does God have the power to back up His Words, but He has the integrity to guarantee that they will be fulfilled.
One definition of integrity is “the state of being whole and undivided.” That is a perfect definition of the word integrity, and also of God, our Redeemer. His intentions and His focus are unimpaired—they’re complete and undivided.
His promises were not made due to impulsiveness but said with certainty and with purpose. God had specific motives for devising a plan of salvation and for providing a Savior for mankind. Here are just some of those motives:
- Jesus came to fulfill the law. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. (Matt 5:17)
- Mankind needed a Mediator. But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. (Heb 8:6)
- Jesus’ purpose was to destroy the works of the devil. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
- Jesus became our Savior so that we would be perfected. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. (Heb 10:14)
- Jesus became the true Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world and brought peace and restoration. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God! (John 1:36) To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Lk 1:79) See also John 20:19, 21 and Acts 3:20-21.
Our salvation is assured. Jesus completed His assignment perfectly, and now we are perfected and complete in Him. Go ahead and trust His Word.