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I’m a People-Pleaser and it can be a problem

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Our world is in desperate need of a Savior! We must make sure we deliver the gospel without twisting or turning it’s truth as we witness.  We are a servant of Christ, not a pleaser of men.  Let’s take a peek at our scripture for today.

Galatians 1: 6-11

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.  Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.

Let’s think about it

It’s a simple question.

‘Am I seeking the favor of men, or of God?’

I end up with the result of people-pleaser when I take personality tests.  It’s not that I desperately NEED to be liked, it’s just that I don’t want people to be upset with anything in general. I want every one to be happy which is why I had such a difficult time with my previous occupation as a claims adjuster.  No one likes to hear the words ‘No’ or ‘You are at fault for this accident’ so I was everyone’s enemy by the end of a work day. My oh my, how I despised that feeling.

It’s much the same when it comes to the responsibility of witnessing to others. When we state we are Christians, people may immediately dislike us. When we deliver the gospel in its truth, people may become offended. Upon hearing the news a person might not be living their life according to the word, we may be unfriended.

Many of us unintentionally twist and turn the gospel to make it a little softer around the edges. Have you ever found yourself struggling to find a ‘kind’ way to explain something scriptural so that it does not turn someone away from Christ? It seems innocent yet it’s extremely harmful.  We must always speak the truth and have faith in the Holy Spirit to guide our words. We are servants of Christ, not people-pleasers.

Let’s pray about it

Dear Heavenly Father, the world today is in deep need of a Savior.  Guide our words and actions as we speak the your words in their truest form.  We want to be servants of Christ, not pleasers of men.   Amen.