Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.

“Don’t let the way others treat you dictate the way you live your life.”


This is something I heard recently during a Sunday evening talk at worship services. It’s something that really struck me because, especially in high school and college, it’s really easy to get caught up in our emotions and the image or reputation we have among our peers. Yes, this is important, but are we worried more about our reputation based on wordly standards or Godly ones? Are we leaning on the world for answers and guidance or God’s word? We can’t let persecution, or even flattery, hinder us from doing what God has commanded of us. 
Whether our persecution is small or great, physical or emotional, there is a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Throughout the book of Acts, Paul travels teaching God’s word to people everywhere. There are several instances of persecution during his journey, but he never backs down. He humbles himself, and puts his trust completely in God. 

Acts 20:24

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

But not only can persecution hinder us — flattery can, too. Everybody loves being complimented — and we need to feel good about ourselves, because we are made in God’s very image! But, if we’re not careful, people can make us feel so confident that we become prideful and shut God out of our lives. Getting caught in the trap of flattery is a dangerous thing.

Proverbs 29:5

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 

We need to let God be the dictator of our lives, and not let our lifestyles be bogged down with the cares and pleasures of the world. Everything God has to offer is SO much greater than anything we could imagine here on earth.

“Live for Jesus; live for Jesus! Give Him all thou hast to give. On the cross the world’s Redeemer gave His life that thou mighst live!” 

Who are we living for? Who is directing our lives?

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