Reputation seeks to impress but character expresses itself in a natural way.
Reputation paints picture but character is naked and raw.
Reputation desires commendation of men but character awaits approval of God. Reputation wants quick response to its action but character doesn’t mind if it comes slowly but sure.
Reputation cares less about conscience but character cares much about God and conscience.
Reputation is after image making, character is after integrity building.
The search for reputation can lead to comparism, competition, contention and condemnation but character seeks to promote, protect and project others.
Reputation will attempt to shrink and dwarf others but character will passionately and joyfully stretch, extend and create a tower for others.
Character will always rejoice at the rise of others.