Reputation is what people think you are; character is what God knows you are.
(1) Does God know who you are?
(2) Do you know who you are?
(3) Do others know who you are?
1 John 1: 7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Are we walking in the light that God has given us? We should have people that we can be transparent with and be accountable to.
If we don't confess and turn our back on our secret sin, one day God will judge the secrets of our heart in the open.