Are we so committed to Christ that we live COMPLETELY abandoned to our Lord, regardless what others may think of us?! Oh, how my heart desires to live and walk out my faith with total abandon every single day . . . sadly, I confess I often miss the mark.
Can you relate? I mean, let’s be honest . . . we do seem to care about what others think about us, right? Up to a point, anyway.
Have you ever asked yourself any of the following?
- Will they stop being my friend if I speak up?
- Will I be asked to not come back to ________?
- How will they react to my taking a stand for what I believe in when it conflicts with what their lives are representing?
. . . there are many more questions that we ask ourselves when faced with the decision to speak/not to speak; act/not to act as we are in the company of others. Whether it be at work, at school, in the marketplace, and (unfortunately) even sometimes at our house of worship; we often find ourselves feeling slightly uncomfortable because we stand for Biblical principles and they may have a different approach . . . what to do, what to do . . .
The MAIN question to always have before you is:
Who’s opinion of me is more important, God or man?
If it is God’s . . . then why should we ever find ourselves hesitating when in the presence of others? Hmm…something to think about! After all, there is NOTHING that can ever separate us from God’s love!
I am really trying to keep the focus where it needs to be – no fear of man! Only what God thinks of me matters. Am I living my life to please Him, or please myself (or others)? There is not anything whatsoever that man can say or do to me that can destroy who I truly am in Christ!
When people may speak (or act) against us, know that God’s got our back – He IS our protection. Isaiah 54:17
He IS our defense! Here are some great verses from the Psalms to meditate upon.
He IS our Joy and our Strength! Instead of reflecting upon the possible negative response from others, go ahead, be bold in your faith (lovingly, not with condemnation) and keep your heart upon the attributes He has asked us to in Philippians 4:8.
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