The difference in our reputation and our character is our reputation is what another person THINKS of us and our character is what God KNOWS of us. It is none of our business what others think of us but we will give an account unto God for our character.
The Holy Spirit alone is the only One Who can change the character of man into that which we should be. There are no laws or means capable of changing a person’s character. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in the heart of the Believer. Sadly, the majority of the church world applies disciplines to overcome bad character and expect the Holy Spirit to wrought the work of God in their lives because they are disciplined which makes the Cross of Christ of no effect. The faith of the “disciplined” is placed in their ability to overcome the negative characteristic and the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to circumcise our hearts of that which is not pleasing unto God on the condition of one’s ability to abstain. Consecration morphs into ambition and faith into greed as the leaven begins to leaven the whole lump. Before our eyes, the self righteousness of the sinlessly perfect beholds a great and wonderful reputation among the religious while their character continues to fall short.
Consider your character…not your reputation among men.
“…Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
Jesus Christ is the answer to man’s dilemma. The Holy Spirit is only commissioned to work within the realm of faith in the Cross of Christ…not our ability or willpower to abstain.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
-Donna Clark Warren