Continuing from (Part 1),
Many people have this inner struggle of worrying about the opinion of others. It pops up occasionally in everyone’s life, whether we know it or not.
Here are some practical tips to overcome the struggle. Please read all the Bible verses because they are the most important, core tips! 🙂
Finding out God’s will for your life and embracing it
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13)
When you pray and seek God’s perfect will for your life, you will have a clear direction and purpose in your life. This will enable you to remain unshaken when people come at you with opinions or when you are tempted to live in a way that is not according to God’s will.
Not watching television
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them (Ephesians 5:11)
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)
Television is filled with filth. Also a lot of social media has a way of creating ungratefulness and comparison. It also raises sinful desires in people, causing them to want to pursue fleshly ambitions. Staying away from them will keep your mind clear.
Basing your choices on Biblical standards not cultural trends
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess 5:22)
Going along with cultural trends keeps you from being yourself. You are trying to fit in the crowd. It is also dishonoring to God and sinful. Your life choices should reflect Biblical standards, and then whatever people may say, you will be right, because it is based on God’s Word!
Recognizing that as a Christian you are different than people in the world
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5)
You will be judged by non-believers and it may be uncomfortable at times. But you have to remember you are always different than them. Live for what matters not for temporary “friendships” and approval.
Keeping a heavenly perspective
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)
Keeping your focus on getting a heavenly reward can be a motivational factor to live a unique God-honoring life, above the opinions of people.
Caring about what God thinks, not what people think
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Ultimately we should care more about what God thinks of our life, actions, character and accomplishments, not what people think. People do not have a final say on your value or life.
Staying involved in ministry
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)
Use the talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities God has given you to serve Him. Staying involved in ministry will keep you too busy to care what people think. It will keep you focused on what really matters, and seeking God’s kingdom will ensure a true rewarding life!