Jeremiah 4:30 Sin of Seeking Acceptance in the World


And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life. (Jer 4:30) 


Sin results when we misuse, abuse, and confuse what God intended for good in our lives.   We seek approval and acceptance of others, because we are wired for relationship and carry with us a deep seated desire to be loved, valued and appreciated.   However, when we seek to fulfill this desire from people as our main goal in life, then this become a major sin.


Jeremiah 4:30 states clearly that the Israelites did exactly that.  Their desire to be accepted by the culture they lived with became their primary goal in life: what they wore, how they used their material wealth, and how they made themselves look.  Bible is clear that is foolish and only leads to destruction. 


Flip side of the desire for approval is the fear of disapproval.  This fear of being criticized and rejected is the biggest barrier from living a victorious life in Christ.  This fear is so overwhelming that it forces people to sin – peer pressure and being politically correct are examples of such force…  Are you ashamed of your faith in Jesus because of fear of rejection?  Do you try to fit in by hiding your faith?  Are you doing things to be accepted by our culture? 


This is a direct rebellion against God, because it tells God that what others think is more important.  That has become an idol in your life.  If you are trapped in this sin, there is a cure.  It starts with repentance and studying the Word of God that transforms your mind. 


Daily seek God in worship and taste how wonderful his love is for you.

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