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Under Gods Command (More on Ruth)

Ruth 2:8-12 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”   10At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” 11Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you not know before. 12May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

Now Ruth had to be beautiful for Boaz to recognize her, and to tell her not go glean in another field. He wanted her right there in his field. Then he told the young men not to touch her. When God singles you out and puts his hand on your life He will order His divine protection around you.

Boaz could have said “She is all mind”, but did not. He was more impress of the fact that she stuck next to Naomi and came back under the care of the God of Israel.

Ruth’s life exhibited admirable qualities: she was hard working, loving, kind, faithful, and brave. These qualities gained for her a good reputation, but only because she displayed them consistently in all areas of her life. Wherever Ruth went or whatever she did, her character remained the same.

Lets Bring it Home: Your reputation is formed by the people who watch you at work, in town, at home, in church. A good reputation comes by consistently living out the qualities you believe in, no matter what group of people or surroundings you are in.

Under Gods Command

Proverbs 25:9-10 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man’s confidence, or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.

Private and personal matters should stay private and personal. If you have an issue with a person, take care of it with them. No one else needs to know, and telling anyone else about it becomes the sins of backbiting and whispering. Not only should you keep this rule of wisdom yourself, you should strictly help others keep it also (25:23).

Here is rich wisdom. Here is plain condemnation of a very popular sin. Most men and women are so selfish and hateful, that they would rather broadcast their controversies with others, rather than deal with them in direct kindness. Much of the dissension and strife among men is caused by the frequent violation of this simple proverb (26:20).

Exposing private information about a person is to rape their reputation. It is a serious offence. It is summarized in the Ten Commandments by the sixth article, “Thou shalt not kill,” for any hateful activity toward another breaks this law (Matt 5:21-22). Only foolish or wicked people have no regard for the character or reputations of others.
The quantity and severity of warnings against this sin in the Bible prove how much God hates it. It is addressed in both testaments numerous times (Lev 19:16; Ps 15:3; Rom 1:29-30. And Solomon frequently condemned it in these Proverbs (11:13; 20:19; 26:22).

There are two kinds of causes with your neighbor. Either they have offended you by an action of theirs, or you have offended them by an action of yours. In either case, the rule is the same: settle the matter directly with them. Do not spread any knowledge of the issue to anyone else. Both kindness and wisdom will keep the matter secret between you.

Jesus expanded this proverb beautifully. He taught very clearly your course of action when someone has offended you. He said, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother” (Matt 18:15). Note His careful wording that keeps the matter private.

He also taught very clearly your course of action when you have offended someone. He said, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matt 5:23-24).
If you do not have the glory to overlook the personal offences of others (19:11), at least show a little righteousness by keeping their offences between you and them (17:9).