From my reading in Romans 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
I am a recovering approval addict.
In my past, I have cared way too much what others think of me. I still get a little nervous going into social situations because I want to make a good impression.
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who struggles with this. Many of us change who we are to fit the status quo of those around us. Many of us check our Facebook or Instagram at least once an hour to see who liked our post. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans says something powerful about whom we are trying to please. He is talking to people who are trying to impress others and be right with God by following Jewish laws, like being circumcised.
“No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people” Rom 2:29
A person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, NOT PEOPLE!
Religious people are especially vulnerable to falling into the approval trap. If you play the game, say the prayers and do the good deeds, then you are seen as holy. But someone who truly pleases God is one who is humbly living to glorify God.
Who are you trying to get praised by? People or God?
I challenge you to live for God and stop worrying so much about what people think!