We should never be embarrassed for standing for the truth and doing what’s right. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:16, “It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!”
Is an insult going to kill us? No. Is a putdown going to kill us? No. Is somebody calling us a name or labeling us because we’ve made a stand for Christ going to hurt us? No. Is someone online who’s trying to bait us and get us in an argument going to take us down? No. It’s not going to kill us.
It’s vital that we understand a truth that will liberate our life: We don’t need other people’s approval to be happy!
We may have been trying to get the approval of a certain people for many years. I hate to tell you, but if we haven’t gotten it by now, we’re not going to get it. The good news is we don’t need it! We don’t need anybody’s approval in order to be happy.
No matter what we do in life, somebody’s not going to like it. We can’t avoid disapproval. So, if we’re going to have people’s disapproval either way, we may as well have their disapproval for doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing.
This is important to remember as we face opposition. If other people’s opinions matter more to us than God’s opinion, then we’re going to crumble when those people attack us because of our faith in Jesus. But if we focus on God and what we know is right, then we can make a firm stand.
“Stand firm against Satan and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are” 1 Peter 5:9
My Challenge for us today is to seek first God’s approval in