Devotional For The Week Of 1/7/19- What I Gained In Letting Go Of People’s Opinions

An opinion is a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. One thing about people is they’re always going to have an opinion about you whether you’re doing something bad or good. Instead of focusing on people’s opinions about you, focus on what God says about you. His Words are facts, not opinions.

I used to always be worried about what people thought about me and how I looked to them. I didn’t want to say or do the wrong thing for fear of people talking about me in a negative way. Then one day I realized that I was bound by people. People bondage is real, it’s constantly worrying about what people think of you. It doesn’t just have to do with your appearance, but also your words. Constantly saying or thinking things like “I wonder if they’ll think this looks good on me” or “What if I say the wrong thing” are both forms of people bondage.

God doesn’t want us to be bound by people. I gained freedom when I let go of people’s opinions. I realized that God created me in His image and that He’s my advocate. I no longer worry about how people view me because I know that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I no longer worry about saying the wrong things because God helps me speak and teaches me what to say.

(Galatians 1:10- Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.) I’ve learned that I’ll never be able to please everyone, but I can choose to please God.

I encourage you to read the Bible, God’s love letter to you, to find out what He says about you. It’ll change your perspective and you’ll realize that people’s opinions are just that “opinions”, not facts. Their opinions are not your reality.