What I would do if I was afraid of what others think is remember that Jesus has set me free. If necessary I would explain it to whoemever I was having the issue with. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1. We need to figure out how much freedom we have in our relationships and whether we’re in codependant or healthy relationships. If our relationships are unhealthy; where the other person(s) are abusive or making us feel ashamed for being ourselves; intead of encouraging us to do better, than we need to break away long enough to reevaluate whether we should be in those relationships. Healthy relationships should be commitment-honoring and filled with compassion.
I would also check to see if I was part of the problem, and if so, try to find a way to resolve it. “Each one should test his actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.” Galatians 6:4. We should all test ourselves to make sure our actions are pure and good; so we can make sure we are right with God, and be proud of ourselves.
In 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 it says, “23. ‘Everything is permissable,’-but not everything is beneficial, ‘Everything is permissable,’-but not everything is constructive. 24. Nobody should seek his own good, but seek the good of others.” The Christian life is not completely about following rules, it is about becoming responsible. We also need to develop daily balance and discernment. We need to learn how to be responsible with our freedom in God.
“So, we say with confidence,
The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
This is telling us to rely on God when we are afraid. He alone has the power to save and rescue us. When God is for us, no enemy can hurt us. God is the only one who will have our back all of the time. We need to remember that it is not our timing, but His. Just remember, that He will come to save you. When you feel your worst, cry out to Him.
Referenced from: NIV Recovery Devotional Bible
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