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Character or Reputation

by on December 4, 2019

Character or Reputation

You have been called, because Christ also suffered for you,
Leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return;
When he suffered, He did not threaten,
But continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
I Peter 2:20-23.

Character is determined by the integrity of your life
Reputation is determined by what people say about you
Anyone can ruin your reputation
No one can ruin your character

If you are willing to ‘dare greatly’ to invest in people’s lives
You expose yourself to the comments of those who are not willing to risk such ventures.
If you are willing to defend the innocent and the vulnerable and the victims, you risk your reputation
People who play it safe protect their reputations.
People who ‘dare greatly’ protect their character.

Jesus and His earthly parents had impeccable character
But had a reputation that was determined by the neighborhood rumors

For what glory is it if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

What were His steps?

  • Jesus did not protect His reputation –

    He was born into suspicion

    He ate with sinners

    He accepted affection from a questionable woman

    He spoke with a multi-married woman

    He confronted religious leaders

    He healed lepers

    He took time for children

    He forgave a woman taken in adultery

    He cast demons out of a person and into swine

    He demanded total allegiance

    He died as a common criminal

Are you protecting your reputation?
Are you building your character?

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