The opinion of those around us matter, be it from peers or from relatives. What others think of us can sometimes make or break our day. In fact, the closer one is to us, the weightier their opinion, and the more it affects us. Therefore, whose opinion we allow to affect us will influence how we feel and consequently, how we behave and what we believe to be true. Beloved, if you have been feeling like God does not have a good opinion of you, Jesus wants you to know that our Father thinks highly of you, and that is all that really matters.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

Have you ever sacrificed something for someone? Jesus did; His life, for you. Do not be misled into thinking that He was murdered. For He says,

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17-18

He lay down His life willingly for you, so that through His death, we may become dead to sin, and alive to Christ; washed clean from our sins, through the shedding of His blood. For the apostle Paul tells us,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So beloved child of God, we who are now right with God, through Jesus, God has no more condemnation for us.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

That then being the case, our Father cannot help it but have a good opinion of you because of the immense sacrifice that His Son made on your behalf. In fact, our Father Himself said,

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

So through Jesus, we are now right with our Father, right with God, now and always.

And how did we earn this? Jesus tells us,

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” John 15:14

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:9-10

In John 10, Jesus tells us that the command He received from our Father is for Him to lay down His life and then to take it again. That is the commandment that Jesus has kept. In turn, what is the commandment that Jesus has given? What does Jesus want us to do?

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Yes, believe in Him. Essentially, believe He exists, believe He loves you, believe He died for your sins and believe that because of Him, God now has a good opinion of you. And if you do that ‘work’, you will abide in His love.

In many cultures and religions, there is a strong belief in the power of talismans. Those who peddle them often claim that the power of the talisman is limited only by the faith that the wearer has in it. And for many of us, the opinion of others functions just like a talisman. We like to name drop, and mention notable persons who have good opinion of us, in the hope of impressing others and, in so doing, gaining their favor.

And if we believe that others have a good opinion of us, it helps our confidence, our belief that we can achieve what we set out to do and it ultimately affects our success.

In essence, that is the same thing that Jesus is telling us, except that He is not asking you to believe in a thing of creation, made by the created; He is asking you to believe in the creator Himself. And if we believe that our Father has a good opinion of us, we can truly say,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

So, beloved child of God, Jesus has a good opinion of you. Our Father has a good opinion of you. There is no need to be fixated with man’s opinion. Jesus Himself teaches us,

“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:8-11

Man has their own agenda. Man also has their failings. So instead of valuing the opinions of those who are imperfect, we should be looking to the opinion of Him who is perfect. For it is written of Christ,

“He knew no sin.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“He did no sin.” 1 Peter 2:22

“In Him was no sin.” 1 John 3:5

And because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

His love for us will not change, His provision for us will not change, His protection over us will not change and His opinion of us will not change.

Let us not be like those who believed but were too afraid to confess Him,

“Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-43

For our Father does not delight in those who are ashamed of Him.

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26

Neither should we take the other extreme and make a public spectacle of our faith. For Jesus Himself has taught us,

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. ” Matthew 6:7

Let us not chase after the opinion of man but simply hold fast to the words of the apostle Paul,

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Beloved child of God, it does not matter what the world thinks of you. Know that Jesus loves you and has a good opinion of you. And because of that, His unchanging love, provision and protection will always be with you.

Indeed, the apostle John said in his penultimate chapter,

“these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31

So in the same, believe that Jesus has a good opinion of you, and with that comes all His blessings, provision, love and protection. And in the end, and that is all that really matters.

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