And I would assume others would value this in us as well.
Peter was up against this when it came to the believers in Antioch. Paul saw it and called him out on it:
But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of some men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and separate himself, fearing those from the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. Galatians 2:11-13 (ESV)
And when he let their convictions sway him, it caused others, who were looking at his example, to follow suit. Maybe Peter was just trying to find a way to be comfortable and not upset his friends, but it caused many others to question their own convictions and be led astray.
This isn’t an example of refraining from something in respect of another. Like, choosing to not have that glass of wine at dinner when you know your friend struggles with alcohol. Instead, it’s about changing our actions to please people.
Where have we compromised what we knew to be true in order to get people to like us? Where are all my people-pleasers at?!
For am I now seeking the favor of people, or of God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
This week, let’s take an honest look at ourselves. Go before God with this prayer to want to seek God’s approval above human’s. And then having the courage to change, even if it’s uncomfortable or hard.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7 (ESV)