Proverbs 22:1 NLT
"Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold."
Ecclesiastes 7:1 NLT
"A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born."
On the seemingly opposite side, Jesus said this:
Matthew 5:11 NLT
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers."
Knowing that the Bible does not contradict itself, we must try to align our understanding with the messages that seem to cancel each other out.
- How do we actively live out what seems to be said here?
- How do we prioritize each idea?
- Explain why.