2/22/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:11-13 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

The opinions of others are important; but more often than not, we put too much stock in these opinions. Peter is a perfect example. He had no problem being seen with the Gentiles until specific people arrived. When they arrived, he was concerned more about their opinions than his own, so much so that he altered his actions to suit their expectations. We worry too much about what other people think. It is true that opinions of others do matter to a certain point, but we have a tendency to go way beyond that point, way beyond what is reasonable. We hang our lives on their opinions. We change ourselves based on their words. We alter our actions because of their entrance. While we might think this is not a big deal, it couldn’t be any bigger. If we are willing to change who we are in the smallest of ways to please others, we would then be willing to change almost anything, even our system of beliefs.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me stand firm on my beliefs because of another person. Help prevent me from wavering in my faith because of the opinions of others.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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  1. This comment really affected me. “If we are willing to change who we are in the smallest of ways to please others, we would then be willing to change almost anything, even our system of beliefs.” I am going to hang on to this and pass it along to someone in need of this truth. thanks, Jeff


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