Posted By Nan

‘Look after your character and let your reputation look after itself’
Over twenty years ago, when I was going through a terrible time, I found this quote. I clung to it through a really horrible time in my life. Women in the church I attended. Women who called themselves my friends. Had been spreading terrible lies about me. To add to the injury, those hearing the lies were believing them. One supposed friend even told the lies to other Christians I did not know. Consequently, anywhere I went in Christian circles I was ostracised. For a long time I did not understand why. It was at this time that God told me to walk away from my Christian friends because they were no good for me. I didn’t know what to think. Was this from God? Would He really tell me to walk away from Christian friends? That would mean I had no Christian friends? I had always been told I had to have Christian friends. So why was God telling me to walk away from them? So I didn’t obey Him. But when I learned of the terrible betrayal I did obey. Too late for my reputation.
Since that time I have moved mostly in nonChristian circles. Some of my friends share my faith. Others don’t. Some I have brought to faith in God. Others not. I have learned to rely solely on God. Not on the number of fellow believers I know. And I have learned something important. Fellow believers do not necessarily follow God. They do not necessarily teach me important things about God and following Him. Frequently, as with my supposed friends years ago, they are pursuing human pursuits. Following God is just not on their agenda. But when I rely solely on God for guidance, then I am not led astray.
I have met many so called Christians who smugly sit in their imagined salvation life and live very unGodly lives. And I can see the truth of what God has been teaching me. To learn from Him. To take guidance from Him. To follow Him. That is wisdom.
I know from personal experience that your reputation is your greatest earthly asset. I have also learned that I cannot stop those who will seek to destroy my reputation. But I also know that my greatest Godly asset is my character. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or poor I am. My character is what matters to God.
All those years ago when I wouldn’t walk away from my friends as God instructed, I also learned that not only is it important to obey God, it is also wise. The wise see the danger and seek the refuge God gives them. The unwise ignore it and suffer.

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