Do you remember when it was important for a person to have “a good name?” For you youngsters, I don’t mean having a name like Michael or Michell instead for Schweinestall (German for pigsty). No, a good name comes from possessing noble qualities such as being truthful, generous, trustworthy, courageous and so forth.
There are many accounts in the BIble of people that had a good name. One of those is found in Acts 10:22: And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.”
Developing a good name takes years, but it can be lost by a single inappropriate moral action. Mess up, and to the back of the line, you go. Thankfully, through confession and repentance, Jesus forgives and restores, but this isn’t synonymous with recovering a good name. A good name only comes with time.