“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold”. – Proverbs 22:1
We should work tirelessly towards building and maintaining a good name among people. This requires doing things that are right all the time, knowing that such actions would be used to judge us later. When people feel no sense of identity, belonging to no group and do not have the feeling that their relationship with their immediate surroundings would be affected by their actions, they would pay scant regard for truth or honesty. Paul was proud of his roots as coming from the tribe of Benjamin, of his being a Pharisee from the city of Tarsus (in Cilicia) “, a citizen of no mean city” and of his Roman citizenship. (Acts 21:39) We should do things that will uplift, not reduce our persons and communities by the grace of God. We should work towards fostering good neighbourliness through good community activities, godly actions, to build a sense of belonging. Having a stake in the local community through justice and love for one another, gives people self-respect and makes them feel better. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.” - Proverbs 14:34, 35.