World Popularity

While pondering about human popularity, I was gently reminded how important that was to me while in school many years ago.  It seemed necessary to me for those to like me even when I may have not liked them in return.  Many times, I have seen it in parents who want to be their children’s best friends or in jobs where the leader was obsessed with his popularity rating so  that his job suffered.

When we put God first and realize He is our main concern, everything else falls into place.  John 16:33 states “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!  For I have overcome the world.  I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.”

We are never told that everyone is going to like us or agree with us.  What is important is that we hear God and obey Him!

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This morning while studying the Bible, I was drawn to the politics of the days of Jesus.  He came to prove there is a higher law and God has a plan!  An old definition of “obey” is to “hear completely” and that is exactly what I want to do today. I want to obey God!   II Corinthians 3:16-17 reads, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  Where the Spirit is, there is also Love.  We never want laws without Love!  Both are needed.