[This post is part of the "Defining Character" series.]
I am sure that most of you who are reading this value character. As Christ followers, our character should represent Christ. This post is really setting the foundation for the framework of this series. So now we get to the big question:
What’s the Difference Between Reputation and Character?
According to the dictionary, we get the following definitions:
Reputation: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
Character: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual
In the last post, An Individual With Character Must Have Morals, we discussed how good morals must be present in order to have good character. If you take a look at the definitions above, you will notice that reputation is simply what others think of you. It is important for others to think highly of you, but if it is not the truth, then it is a huge problem! Character, in contrast to reputation, is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Character is what someone is actually about!
“Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Although my reputation means a lot to me, I would rather possess Godly character over all of it. Even though it is important to set a great example, it is more important what God thinks of you…rather than what others think of you. As Christ followers, we are supposed to set the example. But if it is artificial, that is completely wrong. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, and it causes others to question our faith.
Obviously, it is important to have a great reputation and Godly character. As followers of Jesus Christ, these should line up the same in our life.
Our whole purpose on this earth is to bring glory to God and His kingdom. We are to “Amplify God’s Kingdom!“. In order to do this, we must set the example (reputation) and live it out (character).
What do you think about reputation and character?