STOP AND THINK – Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. (Elbert Hubbard, 19th & 20th century American writer and philosopher)
We have often contrasted reputation and character, but they are clearly related. The one (reputation) reflects the other. But character determines one’s reputation. That is, if a person’s behavior is consistent with his character—if he maintains his integrity—his reputation will not be in contrast, but be consistent with who he really is.
[Keep] a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior
. . . . may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:16)