Philippians 2:9

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.”

 We have hit on many topics this week: reputation, integrity, honesty, gossip, and character. The Ninth Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness,” touches each one of these issues. The following poem is a good summary for this week’s topic and a helpful reminder as we seek to live our lives as men and women of integrity:

It came from your father,
It was all he had to give,
So it’s yours to use and cherish,
As long as you may live.

If you lose the watch he gave you,
It can always be replaced;
But a black mark on your name,
Can never be erased.

It was clean the day you took it,
And a worthy name to bear;
When you got it from your father,
There was no dishonor there.

So make sure you guard it wisely,
After all is said and done;
You’ll be glad the name is spotless,
When you give it to your son.


Fellow Christian, the Name you bear is the Name above all other names…Christ. As you move ahead in life make sure you bring honor and glory to His Name. Guard His Name from the shame of gossip and half-truths. Live with honest and integrity.


  • In what ways have you been fooling yourself regarding purity?
  • Ask God to examine your heart.  What has He revealed to you?

Holy Spirit, search my heart and examine my mind;
reveal to me impurities in my life so that I might bear fruit for God’s Kingdom.


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