The “fear of man”

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I went to reply to something today at Formalista today and messed it up.  I’m not sure how the whole list serve thing works, so I don’t know if my first messed up post will be sent or if that’ll be caught and the second will go through, in which case it’ll look like a dodo because I’m apologizing for something they wouldn’t have gotten so they’ll scratch their heads.  It’s a lose-lose situation, and either way I’ll look stupid, lol.  But it’s par for the course, and lately God’s been showing me my hidden (even to myself) motivation for doing some things.  I’m sad to say that far too often I’m trying to look good in other people’s eyes.

How often do we ask ourselves, “What will people think of me?”  That’s the “fear of man” and it’s a giant trap!  My focus really needs to be on pleasing Him!  “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  (Proverbs 16:7)  So how does one go about pleasing the Lord?  “He has shown thee, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”  (Micah 6:8)  It’s the “walk humbly” part I keep forgetting :)

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