Everyone has heard the old saying “Your reputation precedes you.” And I am probably sure you have said this one before…”They have a bad reputation.”
Have you ever looked up the word reputation before? Let’s look at it for just a second. Reputation means the general estimation in which a person is held by the public. That’s kind of scary if you ask me. I personally do not want a reputation…an estimation of who I am based on by the general public.
To be honest the general public has no true understanding of who I am. They do not know what I do behind closed doors. I could be acting like the “perfect” Christian man only to be leading a double life when no one is looking.
Do you know the feeling of being impaired or divided in your thinking? If you ever question yourself as to if you should or should not do something you are divided. You are at war with yourself. You are not thinking straight. You have no guideline to follow.
The Bible says that you are unstable in ALL your ways.
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
I, for one, do not want to be divided in my thinking. I would love to always know that I am doing the right thing. I know the only to do that is to work on my character.
Character, according to The American Heritage dictionary, means the moral or ethical strength of a person and integrity.
Integrity means to have a rigid adherence to a code or standard of values, the state of being unimpaired; soundness, and the quality or condition of being whole or undivided.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them,
But the perverseness of the transgressor will destroy them
My code or standard of values should be based on the Bible and not what the world says. By adhering to Biblical standards I can be whole and undivided in my thinking and my actions. As can you dear friend.
Our reputation will say one thing but our character will tell the truth.
Men, our reputation says that we do not look at pornography but our wife/fiancé/girlfriend, who sees our character, knows differently.
The ones closest to us see our character and they need to see us living it both in the home and outside the home.
We, as Christian men, need to ensure that our character is set to a higher standard. That standard can only be found in scripture as we seek God on a daily basis.
Let us press on men.