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Fear of God versus Fear of Man

In kids’ language, we call it peer pressure. In Christianese, we label it fear of man. Different terms that mean the same thing. It’s all about buckling in our behavior in order to achieve man’s approval or acceptance. What are some examples of falling into the fear of man? A coworker pilfers office supplies for… [ read more ]

Yearning for Approval

How much of our behavior is influenced by a yearning for others’ approval and acceptance? Genesis 28:6-9 makes a fascinating study in this regard. Isaac had expressed his disapproval of Canaanite women. “Don’t choose your wife from this group,” he’d warned his son, Jacob. Jacob listened to his dad’s advice and left the country to… [ read more ]