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Whose Opinion Matters Most: The opinions of people or God?

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

One of things that will come up in your walk with Christ, are the opinions and input from other people. These things can be positive and negative but the main point here is that compared to God's Word, they don't need to matter as much.

In Galatians 1:10, the Apostle Paul confirms to the church of Galatia, that the reason for his faith, is because he has experienced Jesus Christ for himself. Therefore, he is motivated by wanting to please God with his life, despite what other people may have said about his past or his new life with Christ. The scripture reads: “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

Now that we are living for Christ, we will have to do our best to please Him and to make sure we are doing things that bring Him glory. Sometimes unbelievers and believers will understand, but sometimes they won't. Making sure that every single person is supporting you and up-to-date on everything God has you do, is not your responsibility, nor is it always wise. In 1 Thessalonians 4:11, it says that leading a "quiet" life should be our goal, in correspondence to our focus on working for Christ.

If you spend your life trying to get others approval and validation, you'll always be waiting for it. God, Who created all things, has the authority to validate us. God gives us our identity, purpose, and even the ability to have life (John 5:26, Colossians 3:4). God also leads us in the right way we should go according to Proverbs 3:5-6. So, we shouldn't worry about if people will always be trustworthy in guiding us in the right direction and do the things that which only God can do (Proverbs 9:6, Proverbs 13:20).

In a society where standing for Christ will come with resistance from the world, we must continue to remain firm in our faith despite the things that will try to come against us. God will always fight for His people that choose Him over the ways of the world (Romans 8:31).

It's our job to push against the dark influences in this world and continue to be a light. God's opinion matters more than the opinions of other people.

Bad Company

We must even be careful in the conversations and daily connections with others. Their influence may become tempting if it starts to lead us away from God or starts to point to exalting ourselves above God. 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us "do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good character."

If your company constantly discredits God or discourages you in your faith, it's time to find new friends. If your company is causing you to compromise your faith so that you can fit in the world, you can ask God for friends that will hold you accountable and push you closer to Christ! And if you are in a position where you are more concerned with the opinions of other people than that of God, then ask yourself if you are idolizing the opinions of people. Ask yourself: "Am I trying to please people or God?" Don't be afraid to examine yourself and your faith! Worry about pleasing God, in spite of people doing the opposite.

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