Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
I read chapter 11 of 2 Corinthians today and was struck by the vulnerability Apostle Paul showed his original readers. Apparently he needed to debunk some nasty rumors that had been going around about him. He was more than a little hurt that his friends believed them. Have you ever been in that position where the people you love believed the worst about you? Of course it hurt! I love that Paul did not pretend he was ok with what happened. I love that he was open with them about his feelings. I hear the struggle and the woundedness in his words. However, I most admire that he let the truth, not the rumors, be the ground he stood on. His conscience was clear before God and that was enough for him. That has to be enough for you. For me too.
People’s opinions go up and down, and if we live or die by them, we will be sea-sick emotionally. Jesus calls us to be steadfast in our allegiance to Him because at the end of the day, His opinion is all that matters. Be sure, He will check our motives and tell us when we are wrong. His unconditional love gives us confidence in the face of His correction. Nobody can do us quite like Jesus can, my friend, so I encourage you to trust your heart to Him in a way it is unsafe to do with anyone else. No one else has given so much for our security so no one else deserves our heart like that. This is the truth. Let it set you free from the flimsy opinion of people. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4) KJV