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forget about what People may think
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick...When he heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. John 11:3,6
Jesus was not concerned about what people thought about Him! In the eleventh chapter of John, we see the account of Jesus ultimately raising Lazarus from the dead. Although this miracle ultimately occurred, initially we see Jesus delaying going to heal Lazarus by staying two days in the place He was at when He heard Lazarus was sick. In fact, the Bible records that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister" Mary (John 11:5). The Bible articulates the fact that Jesus loved Martha and Mary to illustrate the close bond He shared with them. It would stand to reason that when the sisters sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick, that He would have rushed to heal Lazarus because of the love He had for that family. Nonetheless, Jesus was not concerned about what Mary and Martha would think about His delaying coming to them and knew a greater manifestation of God's grace would occur than a healing because Lazarus would die and Jesus would ultimately raise Him from the dead (John 11:43-44). Jesus did not go when the sisters wanted Him to go, but when His Father God told Him to go!
Similarly, we cannot live our lives based on the expectations of others! It can be tempting to try to live up to the expectations of a parent for example, a close friend, or spouse. We are to live our lives based on doing what the Lord alone leads us to do and not to please others! We must be strong enough in Christ and in our own identity to not be moved by the criticism of others when we don't live up to their expectations. Don't be concerned about what people may think of you on today but know that you are already accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)!
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