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.
Why do I do what I do? Why do I say what I say?
To please man? My family? My friends?
Or to please God?
Both cannot be my goal. One brings death. One brings life.
Honestly, most of the time I choose people. I'm a people pleaser. I don't like conflict. So a lot of the time I choose my actions and words to make people happy or keep the peace, instead of trying to please God.
Why is man's approval of me a greater desire than God's approval?
Because I'm putting my identity in what others think of me instead of who I am because of what Jesus did for me.
Reality check: most of the time I'm a slave to people's opinions BUT Jesus died for imperfect me. He became my sin because he loves me. This created a way for me to be in a sanctifying relationship with God. I can call God "Daddy" because I'm his daughter, his beloved, and heir to his throne in Christ Jesus.
Seeking man's approval brings death. I'm imperfect and will never be able to please everyone, but I will try and will die trying because of it, because I can't please everyone and I will disobey God in some moments because I will chose saying or doing something that people want instead of what God wants.
Seeking God's approval brings life and freedom. When I seek God I grow more and sin less and bear fruit with patience and care less of man's opinion which is flakey and more of God's opinion which is steady. I believe that I'm his daughter and that he forgives and has forgiven my sins because of Jesus' death and resurrection, and that I am made in his image, his likeness, and I am free from the bondage of sin and I can choose to walk in that freedom every day.
Please help me walk in your freedom. Help me desire to please you and not man. Help me seek your desire in every situation and act on in. Please convict me when I fail and drive me to repentance. Please forgive all of my past failures. Thank you for never failing. Thank you for being faithful. Thank you for loving me. I love you and I want to serve and obey and please only you.