Take away our reproach. The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for Yahweh has spoken it. YLT Isaiah "Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; don't fear the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their insults. Thesaurus Reproach Occurrences The act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt; contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person; abusive reflections; as, severe reproach Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts.
Nehemiah Hear, our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity; See NIV. Nehemiah Also I said, The thing that you do is not good: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies? Psalms I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled That which brings dishonor; cause of shame or reproach ; great discredit; as, vice is a disgrace to a rational being.
Psalms Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord. Noah Webster's Dictionary 1.
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Lack of honor; disgrace; ignominy; shame; reproach. Psalms Because for your sake, I have borne reproach.
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Psalms You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scoffing and a derision to those who are around us. Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt. Cognate: -- a railing, reproach. See Cognate: a feminine noun -- that type brand of or where the reproach ". Word Origin a prim.
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From atimos; infamy, ie subjectively comparative indignity, objectively disgrace -- dishonour, reproach , shame, vile. To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace. To attribute blame to; to allege something disgraceful against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or contemptuously; to upbraid. Nobody can call you into account for anything. KJV: blameless. G egkaleo eng-kal-eh'-o from G and G; to call in as a debt or demand , i.
KJV: accuse, call in question, implead, lay to the charge. This scripture can be understood from the context of Jesus teachings: Matthew 16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Philippians 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights It means not to be engaged in questionable affairs that will bring reproach to the word.
It means walking justly, holy, conducting one self in a dignified manner in word or deed, as an ambassador of Christ: Philippians 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
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It entails vigilance in walk, soberness, good behaviour, sound in doctrine, conducting duties in ones office without blame, without corruption 1 Timothy 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;.
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Featured on Meta. Custom Filters release announcement. He even says that if we have even looked at someone with lustful eyes, we are just as guilty of adultery as the person who had cheated on their spouse having actual sexual relations with someone else. To admit we need accountability just as much as the next person, so that people know that when we are confronting the sinfulness of someone else, it is not being done to embarrass them, rather it is because we want to see not only ourselves set free, but also them to be free and help them find freedom in Christ just as we needed, still need and will need again?
Was Paul above reproach?
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Not at all! This was even as he was writing our scriptures which was clearly well after his conversion experience, unless he was writing our canon before he was converted?!
A few years ago, I heard a story of a situation when a prominent national minister was caught up in a scandal and a Christian man had an unbelieving friend with him at lunch when a news report came on covering the story. That story right there! Of course the pastor needed time to heal, and repent and at least temporarily step down from leadership to restore his family and his own heart, but as the unbeliever observed, when that is how Christians treat their own, in a time of need, throwing each other under the bus and tearing each other to shreds in their most vulnerable time even when they are trying to repent, FORGET IT!!!
Thank you pastor Jeff for your comment sir. As such, their work for the church, as well as their interactions with others, are to be of such moral quality that they do not bring shame or in any way disgrace the body of Christ or the name of Jesus. This holds true not only within the church, but outside it as well. I am a pastor but never pretend to be perfect but admit my mistakes and am transparent.
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Above reproach, however, does not mean without sin and I never insinuated or wrote that it was. No Christian lives an entirely sinless life, nor will we until we reach the glorified state in heaven. Similarly, the overseer must not give cause for those outside the church to impugn its reputation. Being above reproach means that no one can bring a charge or accusation against him Acts ; 1 Peter Such men are known for their wholesome life and untarnished integrity. Elders and deacons are to be men of good character and reputation.
Though Paul, in his letters to Timothy and Titus, is addressing the distinguishing marks of those who desire to be church leaders, it certainly does not diminish the need for all Christians to aspire to the same qualities. Being above reproach should be an ongoing aim of all believers Colossians Very well put sir! So maybe I am doing something right, because I am catching heat from both ends of the spectrum?
It is so deep. I think if you are being attacked or accused, then you must be convicting someone. I do agree about catching it from both ends my brother. I m so with you. We are under grace but as Paul said, should we sin so that grace abounds much more?
You already know the answer to that sir. We are often placed between a rock and a hard place but I suppose it is good to know that we are accountable to God and what He thinks is the only thing that is ultimately important. Thank you pastor and I know your calling is a hard one but I sense you have the right balance and may God richly bless you in your ministry.
When we come to know that kind of love, we lose the desire to offend it more and more all the time! I told the story of a pastor who admitted being addicted to pornography. He submitted to a time of restoration while stepping out of pulpit ministry for a significant period of time during that process. After his restoration process was complete, his ministry grew exponentially because he had been and was living out repentance and submission tangibly to the people in his church.
They tangibly knew he was practicing what he was preaching. This man had been in prison frequently. He has even started riots in a city. He has been in frequent troubles with the local authorities. He has frequent health issues. He was not accepted and not trusted by most of the Christians at first and many were even afraid of him. He was believed to have mental health issues by the local authorities.
He has been accused of being an insurrectionist by the local leaders. He was accused of being the leader of a cult or sect. Everywhere he went, he seemed to cause problems. Once he even quoted a world philosopher in trying to witness about Christ. He was teaching doctrines that were contrary to the religious leaders of the day.
This man had been in prison frequently Acts , Acts He has started more than one riot in a city Acts He has been in frequent troubles with the local authorities Acts He has frequent health issues 2 Cor He was not accepted and not trusted by most of the Christians early on and many were even afraid of him Acts He was believed to have mental health issues by the local authorities Acts