Who does He say you are??

Paul said,  “Am I now
seeking the favor of men, or of God?  Or
am I striving to please men?  If I were
still trying to please men then I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10)  This verse reminds us that the only opinion
that matters is God’s.  Right?

Ok. So I’m going to get really honest about a struggle of
mine.  It’s hard to say because when you
bare a weakness, you feel like you’re naked in front of the person you told
your weakness to.   So here it goes….”I.care.about.what.people.think.of.me.”  Uh.  This may sound crazy but that’s
actually really tough for me to admit. But anyway, maybe some of you can relate?
Or maybe all of you? Let’s get really REAL with ourselves.  I know some people brag about how they don’t
care what people think about them, but I tend to believe the ones who say that
the most are the ones who mean it the least. 

I chose this topic tonight because I knew that it would
resonate in a lot of people’s hearts and I also chose it because I am facing
this obstacle as we speak.  I hear things
about myself and my first line of offense is defense.  I want to fight back.  I want to attack.  And I don’t even want to stop there.  I want to get back at my offender.  Remind you of anyone yet?

In my heart, I know that no matter what I say back won’t
change the words already spoken nor will it take my pain away. I’ve learned that it actually only makes me feel worse!  So why when someone slanders my name, do I
still yearn to hurt them back knowing it’s just going to come back and hurt me?
Even that “sticks and stones” rhyme we said as children says: “Whatever
you say bounces of me and sticks to you!” 
As silly as that rhyme was, it was TRUE!

Ignore the words of others. 
Like Paul said, their opinion doesn’t matter. God wants us to find who
we are in Him.  He says we are “children
of the most high”, “daughters and sons of the one true King,”  “precious,” we come from “royal bloodlines,” and
the list goes on and on.  Whenever
someone says something negative, remind yourself of WHO YOU ARE! Don’t allow
the comments of others to pierce your heart. 
Allow Gods Word to be your rock! Repeat to yourself at times like these,
“On Christ the solid rock I stand!”  It’s
tough, I know! But I also know it’s possible.

And lastly, when you keep a good heart during these times,
God offered us this promise-

“and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which
you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to
shame.”  1 Peter 3:16

With that said, rest easy in God’s truth- not mans.
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