What can others say bad about you?
Anyone can make up lies about you and anyone can misunderstand something you say or do.
But does your lifestyle give people a reason to talk bad about you?
Paul encourages Titus on the behavior of the young men in his pastorate.
Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Titus 2:6-8
That’s the kind of person I want to be but I fall far short of it.
There are many subjects each of us can embrace and get in trouble within the discussion of it.
Politics leads the pack.
As it was said about Daniel, so I want it to be said of me;
“We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Dan 6:5
I want to be accused of being a Christian.
As Peter put it –
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 1 Peter 3:15-16
I know I often fail. I pray that God will strengthen me.