Are You Seeking The Approval Of Men, Or Of God?

Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. -Galatians 1:10 BSB
If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels. -Mark 8:38 BSB

As followers of Jesus Christ, we must not be afraid of what others may think, or else one will compromise God’s Word in favor of people. Christians cannot seek the approval of men because it will become their snare. If we strive to please men, then how can we live out our Christian walk?

How is one ashamed of God’s Word? One is ashamed of the gospel when the person refuses to defend it. You’d rather buckle instead of hurting their pride, knowing that they are wrong over loving the Word of God and speaking up for righteousness’ sake. Many people are being deceived, and not many believers are helping them from deception for fear of men. That is why in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, many will end up apostatizing.

What does God detest?

But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death. -Revelation 21:8 BSB 

Look at the first word that the Scripture uses to indicate someone who is not pleasing in God’s eyes. The word “cowardly” in Greek (Strong’s #1169) means to be timid or fearful.

If you see someone like family or a friend saying something about the Scriptures that’s incorrect, one has to correct it, or if someone is preaching false doctrine, you have to defend the truth for the hearer’s sake.

If you are a Christian, stand up for the truth, love God’s Word, and aim to please Jesus Christ instead of men. Be bold for Jesus. Some only eat vegetables and lack the strength, and others eat meat, digging deeper into the Word and learning to love it and be defenders of it. What good is it if you read the Scriptures but don’t do what it says?

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction. -2 Timothy 4:2 BSB

What a shame that some professing Christians will not obey some of what 2 Timothy 4:2 outlines because of fear. If you do that, you will have to answer the Lord when you face Him. We all have to give Him an account.

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