Recently I set a boundary in my life and this past week I had to actually hold the line. When I walked away I realized there was no guilt! I wasn't moved by what others would think and it felt great! Here are three things I believe the Lord is teaching me about my quest of "what others think":
1. I shouldn't worry about what others think. What I should really wonder is "What will He think?" I need to keep myself constantly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit....nothing else matter other than living a life that reflects Him, brings Him glory and pleases Him.
2. I am always trying to figure out what others think about my decisions etc...are they upset with me, did I disappoint them, do they think I should have done it differently and on and on it goes. The truth is....they really aren't thinking about me that much! This is a form of pride....do I really believe others honestly spend that much time wondering about me and my life! Ouch - this lesson stung a bit.
3. Guilt can be crippling and will quickly misguide my thoughts and eventually my decision making. Romans 8:1 states "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." You see, Jesus isn't about the guilt game. This kind of thinking comes from the enemy and he will use every effort, including pride, to derail our efforts for the Kingdom. We are encouraged to "take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ," in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Be proactive about what and who you are thinking about!
Next time you need to make a decision use the Word, go to the Father and ask for heavenly guidance, take time to listen to the Holy Spirit and then obey.....it will be freeing!
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