Other’s Perceptions – Luke 6:26

Luke 6:26

Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.


As odd as this sounds, there are at least some others who we should expect to be speaking poorly of us if we are walking faithfully with Christ. Those who stand for Truth will always have at least someone who is standing against them. The pursuers of Truth will always have enemies – those who deny and seek to destroy the Truth. We must be willing to assess who our friends and enemies are and to walk faithfully with Lord Jesus regardless of the results. One who is an undiscerning friend to all may find that he or she is not a friend of Christ. If we stand for nothing, we will fall for everything.

There are two basic categories of people in this regard – high self monitors and low self monitors. Low self monitors care virtually nothing about what others perceive or think. They say and do whatever they believe or like in every situation regardless of the perception of others. High self monitors are their opposite. High self monitors make a supreme effort to adapt to every situation. They speak and act in such a way that seeks to make everybody happy and keep everybody comfortable. They are regularly modifying their beliefs temporarily if that is what is necessary to fit in and keep the peace.

For high self-monitors, such as myself, this verse addresses an ever present temptation and risk since the ongoing temptation for such a one is simply to be liked by everyone. We seek the approval and blessing of others even to the point of possibly softening our beliefs. Lord Jesus makes it clear in more than one place in Scripture that friendship with Him brings the true blessing, not the acceptance of others.

Luke 6:22, Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.

Friendship with Lord Jesus trumps all others.

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