1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Today’s verse is yet another moment in the Pauline epistles where the Apostle Paul explains that the reason why he is a servant of the Lord is to seek His approval—not the approval of man, even in the face of opposition.
When you make the choice to live for the Lord, not everyone you know or come in contact with will approve of the choice you made…even when it comes to relationships.
People don’t often try to do this, but sometimes their opinions can affect the way you think about life choices and the way you think about yourself. Perhaps you’ve been told:
“Wait until you’re older before you even start thinking about marriage” or you’ve been told the total opposite: “you should definitely get married before you get too old to have kids”
“Only marry a guy who comes from the same kind of background as you” or you’ve been told: “get out there and date casually to find what you like and try something new.”
“Don’t settle for a guy who doesn’t have a good paying job” or you’ve been told “If you keep your standards so high, you’ll be single forever.”
People often mean well, but remember that God is the One with the final word in your life. If you rely solely on what other people think, you’ll be exhausted. Your mother might tell you one thing, while your father is telling you something else. You friends from work might be encouraging you to make one decision while your siblings are encouraging you to do the exact opposite.
This is why it’s important to stay closely connected with your Heavenly Father. He made you uniquely and knows you better than any else. He could have chosen to make us all the same, but He didn’t. So let Him be the One who writes your story, and because of your relationship with Jesus, you can speak directly to your Heavenly Father about every detail of that story.
Surround yourself with people who are going to give you biblically based wisdom and encourage you to seek the Lord in this way. Continue to honor and respect your parents, leaders, and friendships, but remember that as a follower of Christ, the ultimately goal is to please the Lord, even when it comes to relationship decisions.
1 Thessalonians 2
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