“Because I gave him my word” was the answer to the question I had just asked. The question was, “How does he know you will pay him?” It was an interesting conversation, and one that I’ve remembered for almost 50 years.
Even though the word “reputation”was not used, it was the subject of the discussion. Pop finished the conversation with this statement: “A man is only as good as his word.”
I posted a comment about reputation to my Facebook page yesterday: People wouldn’t have to spend so many minutes protecting their reputation, if they would pause for 60 seconds to guard their character.
You can read the character-focused Scripture I’ve provided below in less than 60 seconds:
- Proverbs 22:1: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”
- Ecclesiastes 7:1: “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.”
- Hebrews 11:1-2: “Now faith means putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see. It was this kind of faith that won their reputation for the saints of old.”
It was Helen Keller who said: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
The quote above reminds me of Romans 5:1-5:
Since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Do you see the cause and effect links in the verses above? “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope.”