|John 12:43 |
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Look not for the approval of men. Those who seek the honor of men will know no other."]
5 For they loved the praise of men rather than the praise of God. When you truly follow the Lord Jesus, you will be opposed to the false sects of Christendom, just like Jesus was in conflict with Judaism. You will be hated, you will be persecuted, you will be reviled, particularly from the "religious people." To follow Jesus, you must love the praise of God and be immune to the opinions of men. Adults criticize youth for their piercings, low-slung pants, tattoos, etc., which is nothing but striving for peer approval; yet the same adults strive just as hard for their peers' approval, only in a different manner. But those who love the praise of men, will not truly follow Jesus, because they do not hunger for the approval of God, they do not hunger for His righteousness, and they do not seek His righteousness.