People Bondage

One of the things I am most grateful to God for is deliverance from people bondage. There used to be a time in my life when I was people minded instead of God minded. In fact before I did anything, I assessed what people might say,  how they might feel and also how might will see me. If the answers to these questions were affirmative, I then went ahead to do those things. Despite I was a Christian, I longed so much for my appraisal to come from others.

I love the scripture that says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). What this means is that the fear of anything or anyone else outside God is outta foolishness. Paul talked so much about him trying to please God as supposed to pleasing humans. His focus was so much on God that it really didn’t matter what others thought of Him. His aim in life was for God to say well done to him.  1 Thessalonians 2:4 Paul said “But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.”

When I was in this bondage, I was living at the mercy of others. I feared the creatures more than the creator. I had to compromise to fit in so I could get an affirmative nod from my peers. This always made me feel good. Oh did I just say that? I think I lied. I acted like I felt good again just so others didn’t see me to be weak. But really my heart pricked me every time I did something or said something contrary to what God wanted me to do or say. Whosoever the son has set free is free indeed (John 8:38). I realised that although God has set me free, i could put myself into bondage by my actions.

Thank God I am no longer in that bondage.

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With the crown of glory being my end goal, it’s only wise for me to desire and live to please the heart of the Almighty Judge who will be giving out the crowns.

I am not like Paul yet. I still find myself dilly-dallying sometimes when I want to make certain decisions. However I am way better now than I used to be. My aim is to be able to say like Paul In Galatians 1:10, “Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave.” 

I have been stereotyped for not following the crowd but it doesn’t hurt as much as it used to. And can I just talk about the freedom and peace that comes from this? It’s an amazing feeling. The decision to stop pleasing people has made me lose ‘friends’. It was sad at first but not anymore because God filled those places they used to occupy with people who will help me in my christian walk. I wasn’t created to please others. I was created to worship God and part of that is by me living a life that pleases Him.

So if you are like the old me who used to always think of what others were going to say before doing anything, you will live a happier life if you free your mind from this bondage. Yes that is what it is. It’s a bondage and you can be free by the power of God and by choosing to please God always. Remember this is where wisdom begins. May we be wise🙏🏾

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12 thoughts on “People Bondage

  1. “The look of the other,” would be like the look of the mother or the father, approving or censoring us.
    If we believe in our feelings and intentions, and demonstrate judgment and righteousness in our actions, because we believe in the teachings of the Lord Jesus; then our attitude will are good, expressing faith, and beneficial to those who are also guided by the same principles that express the good.
    Therefore, it is necessary to manifest good and to suppress evil.
    And good is necessary because it makes life possible.

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  2. We are accountable to God on the day of judgment.Nobody will speak for you and other people you are trying to please will give account to God as well. We need to be wise.

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  3. This post definitely rings a bell. I remember pleasing other people at all cost even to the point where it became a sin, until i was rescued by proverbs 16:7. This means that if i focus on pleasing God, i will be certain that God will make other people be pleased with my decisions.

    Thanks for sharing Efua.

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    1. Yes Ehi. Love your bible reference. Thank God for revealing this truth to you. There is nothing like focusing on what God thinks rather than focusing on what others think. God bless you for reading and commenting😊

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