I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage.
1 Corinthians 10:33
Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
When Paul faced a choice between pleasing himself and pleasing others, he pleased others. He would not seek his own advantage. He chose to be humbly selfless.
When he faced a choice between pleasing others and pleasing Christ, he pleased Christ. He would not seek human approval. He chose to be boldly independent.
Approval ratings? is a post from: Ray Ortlund