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March 1, 2023

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”


The Apostle Paul’s opponents argued that he was making religion far too easy and was doing so to ingratiate himself with others. In fact, that accusation was the reverse of the truth. After all, if religion consists in fulfilling a set of rules and regulations, it is, at least theoretically, possible to satisfy its demands; but Paul is holding up the cross and saying: ‘God loved you like that.’ Religion becomes a matter not of satisfying the claims of law but of trying to meet the obligation of love. We can (in theory) satisfy the claims of law but we can never satisfy the claims of love. Imagine this; if we gave those we deeply loved the sun, the moon, and the stars, we still would be left feeling that we wished we could give them more. But all that Paul’s Jewish opponents could see was that he had declared that circumcision was no longer necessary and the law no longer relevant. Paul denied that he was trying to ingratiate himself with others. It was not other people he was serving; it was God. It made no difference to him what people said or thought about him; his master was God.


1. How can the desire to please men hurt your walk with Christ?

2. What does faithfulness to the Word of God look like for you?


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