Fearing people is a dangerous trap but trusting the Lord means safety.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all had times where we wondered what someone may have thought about what we said, did or even wore. Many times we’ll make up this whole scenario in our heads about it too. But we can never be too sure what people truly “think” about us and or why. Most people form opinions about others through the lens of their own insecurities and because of that their opinions can be bias and false. Sometimes we can trick ourselves to believe that people have formed opinions about us based on our own insecurities. We’ll make a mistake and wonder “OMG did she see me do that? I wonder what she thinks?” or if there’s been a tidbit of gossip circulating about us, “I wonder if she heard such and such about me?”
Fearing people and their opinions can cause us to act in ways that we hope will ensure their approval of us, even if they’re ungodly. If we’re not careful we can allow that fear to create feelings of inadequacy, rejection, and anxiety. Truthfully, we are all flawed in some way shape or form. Even the most perfect looking person, with the most perfect looking life, has their fair share of issues.
When it comes to worrying or even fearing other people’s opinions keep this in mind…
Your insecurities are based on 100% of your flaws, flaws that other people may not even be privy to. And in case they are, who cares? They have flaws too!
When thoughts of what people think about you try to rise up in your mind tell yourself this…
“Man can’t validate what he didn’t create!”
Then remind yourself of what your Creator has said about you. God’s truth about us trumps the opinion of others and even our own opinions about ourselves. I mean He did create us, clearly, He knows us best.
Don’t allow yourself to get caught up fearing what people may think about you. Trust who and what God says about you. He thought you were special and good just the way you are and you’re safe with Him.
The LORD is for me so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Got tips on how to deal with the fear of opinions? Leave them in the comments below!