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Here are verses about how we should have the integrity and actual salvation to live above reproach
2Co_4:2 WEB But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2Co_6:3 WEB We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,
2Co_8:20-21 WEB We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us. 21 Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
1Th_5:22 KJV Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Joh_3:20-21 KJVR For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
It is a small thing to ask for us to change something in light of honoring God and loving people by avoiding offense: Rom_13:10-15:3, especially:
Rom_13 (WEB) -
10 …Love …is the fulfillment of the law.
12 …Let's therefore throw off the works of darkness, and let's put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day…
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, for its lusts.
Rom_14 (KJ2000) -
1 Receive him that is weak in the faith, but not for passing judgment.
Rom_14:18-23 WEB For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up. 20 Don't overthrow God's work for food's sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating. 21 It is good to not eat meat, drink wine, nor do anything by which your brother stumbles, is offended, or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn't judge himself in that which he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isn't of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.
Rom_15:1-3 WEB Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, to be building him up. 3 For even Christ didn't please himself…
1Ti_3:2,7 WEB The overseer therefore must be without reproachG423, the husband of one wife… 7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproachG3680 and the snare of the devil.
(Also see: 1Ti_3:10; Luk_1:6)
Php_2:14-15 WEB Do all things without murmurings and disputes, 15 that you may become blamelessG273 and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G1949; not arrested, that is, (by implication) inculpable: - blameless, unrebukeable.
From G3679; contumely: - reproach.
From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G3201; irreproachable: - blameless, faultless, unblamable.
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