For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ—Galatians 1:10
There you have it ladies, the apostle Paul writes it clear and simple in the above verse: One cannot call herself a disciple or servant of Christ and concurrently cares about the opinions of others. Galatians 1:4 adds the following: “[Jesus Christ] who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”. We all know that Jesus came to rescue us from the bondage of Satan, therefore as children of God we should free ourselves from men’s opinion. Otherwise, we shouldn’t be called servants of Christ but of men. There are so many influences in the world we live in: Magazines dictate what right fashion should be, tv shows design the portrait of the right relationship, churches give the image of the right Christian, university scholars define what the right success is, and etc. As a result, we follow the crowd to fit in, feel the need to always explain our behavior/decisions, and end up in wrong destinations unplanned by God.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed”—Galatians 1:6-8
It’s not that we shouldn’t care about the counsel of others, however, the question we must always ask is this: “Does the counsel go in accordance with the Word of God?” Many times, I have asked myself this question even when my Christian family members advised me in a particular situation. At times, I’ve found myself alone bent on behaving in a way contrary to the rest of the family because I knew it was God’s will. The reason: I seek to please God not men. That’s what our attitude should be ladies: Seek the approval of God not men. On the day of judgment, God will not ask us if we were successful at pleasing the world instead He will ask us if we were faithful to Him. I want to go back to Galatians 1: 6-8, the apostle Paul stresses that a group of individuals dissuaded the brothers by distorting the gospel of Christ. In this day and age, we are also faced with this type of people who can take the form of a pastor, Christian friend/relative, people on tv, etc. That’s why it’s highly necessary to know the Word of God for ourselves, i.e. spend quality (not quantity) time to know Christ through Bible study. Otherwise, we deserve to be deceived and misled by our surroundings. Additionally, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us put the Word in practice in order to run against the wind of this world.
I’m telling you ladies, we’re living in the last days and if we continue to take into consideration what everyone thinks/says about life or us, we’ll never live according to the will of God and worst part, we’ll always end up making wrong decisions and costly mistakes in life.