People Pleasing

If we compromise the Gospel, bend its teachings to make it fit better with the sensibilities of the people around us then we are simply out trying to make people like us. Our motivation is essentially selfishness. It does not serve God because His truth is being corrupted. If people are not confronted with the sometimes hard truths then they never have to face them. They are not being changed, molded, into the people that God intends for them to become and so they are missing out on an essential part of what it means to follow God. When we compromise the truth of the Gospel to keep it from making anyone uncomfortable then we are just putting a flowery band-aid over a toxic wound and feeling good about ourselves for ‘helping’ them. All the while, they go back to their lives believing that all is well while their insides continue to rot to death. We cannot serve Christ or men by trying to be a people pleaser. Serving Him will require stepping on some toes, making some people uncomfortable, making them think, making them question. We must remember though, that while it is often necessary it must be done from a spirit of love and not condemnation. We may be asked to point out uncomfortable truths but it is the Spirit’s job to convict and change. Be gentle and loving but unwavering in the truth.

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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