Bible verses about reputation
Your reputation will follow you everywhere. We all remember in high school that person who was known for bad things, and that person who was known for good things. Live in a way that is honorable.
People usually don’t remember the good. People usually remember the one bad thing. All it takes is one mess up for your reputation to be tarnished.
As believers we are to be imitators of God and walk by the Spirit. Even if we are slandered we are to do good in the eyes of others.
If we have a reputation for righteousness that glorifies God, but if we indulge in wickedness like unbelievers that makes us a hypocrite and that gives people a reason to slander.
What does your life say about you? If you died today what would you be remembered for?
- “A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” George Washington
- “Concealed talent brings no reputation.” Desiderius Erasmus
- It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. Warren Buffett
1. Proverbs 10:6-7 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
2. Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.
3. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great wealth. Respect is better than silver or gold.
4. 1 Timothy 3:2-7 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
Do good in all situations
5. 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
6. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
7. 1 Peter 2:12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
8. Romans 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
9. 1 Peter 3:14-16 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
Practice what you preach.
10. Matthew 23:3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
11. Romans 2:23-24 As you boast about the Law, do you dishonor God by breaking the Law? As it is written, “God’s name is being blasphemed among the gentiles because of you.
12. Ecclesiastes 10:1 As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.
13. Titus 2:6-8 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.
14. Esther 9:3-4 And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.
15. Revelation 3:1-2 Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.