Psalm 119:39 (NAS): Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.
Being children of God we will all at some time bear reproach. It can come in two ways, we may meet scorn from the world and the devil for our obedience and piety; it can come from our flesh, our sin which brings reproach to the name of Christ. When we live in obedience to God’s laws we will at times be blamed and discredited by the world because the scriptures contain the laws of God and punishment for sin and they are scorned and mocked by those that hate God. Whatever men may say, it is the Lord that we must concern ourselves with, He is the judge of all.
We all fail in many ways and there are people who lie in wait to drag our name and the name of Christ through the mud, just as Satan waits to drag our names to the courts of God to accuse us. Our character must be above reproach so that no one may bring a charge against us; that we may seek to live holy and blameless lives, having a good conscience, so that when we are slandered, those who revile our good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
Let us pray that we would despise all of the empty talk of the word and men as long as we are upright in the eyes of the Lord; that we would desire to obey God’s laws because they are good and they are given to us for protection and warning that we may not fall into sin and bring blasphemy and reproach to the holy name of our God.
“If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him, for you are worse than he thinks you to be.” — Charles Spurgeon