The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25 (TM)
For believers, our goal is to be Christ-like in our intentions, our thoughts, our words and our actions. Yet, it is foolish to think that being Christ-like will make us popular or allow us to be at peace with everyone. Remember that Jesus:
- was almost thrown off a cliff by the people of Nazareth (his hometown)
- was despised by the religious leaders to the point they put a price on his head
- had disciples who were constantly frustrated and perplexed by his actions and teaching
- was thrown out of or shunned by multiple towns
- cast out demons only to be threatened by the pig farmer whose pigs the demons went into
- was betrayed by one of his own
- was given a death sentence by public opinion.
Christ-likeness and popularity do not go hand-in-hand. In fact, I find that trying to be universally liked will only sabotage my efforts to be like Jesus.
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