“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)
Avoiding shortcuts and not burning bridges are two ways of protecting your reputation. Being pleasant to deal with, regardless of how difficult a situation or how bad a deal goes, will ensure your reputation stays in place.
The Bible places such things above material gain and above precious jewels. We too should have the same perspective. We are the physical manifestation of God’s love to the world, after all. Often people will judge God by how they see us.
Protecting our reputation protects God’s reputation; we are, after all, His representatives.
Quick Prayer. “Please protect my reputation.” Amen