Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God knows of us.
The next time you become concerned about what an acquaintance or co-worker thinks of you, Think About God and imagine what He thinks about you. Focus on developing a good character and your reputation will follow.
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.