Friday, April 16, 2010

Human Approval

By Ray Ortlund -- Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville.

1. Human approval is divided. Some like you, others dislike you. A split vote. Who can you believe?

2. Human approval is
shallow. None of them know your deepest heart. What if they did?

3. Human approval is
distorted. Your friends overlook — hopefully — some failings. Your enemies are blind to your merits. How do you sort it all out?

4. Human approval is
unsatisfying. The need of your heart for belovedness goes far beyond anything another sinner can say or do.

5. Human approval is a
blessing. The loving favor of true friends is a gift from God. Receive it cheerfully, with thanks to Him. And be sure to give it out to others in generous supplies every day.

“I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” Philemon 7

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