Fear of man is a snare. (Proverbs 29:25)
The Gospel frees us from the insecurity of needing other people’s opinions to validate our worth. It frees us, therefore, from needing to manipulate the perceptions and impressions of everyone around us.
This means that when we receive the truth of the Gospel and embrace who God says we are in Christ, we no longer have to use people for their accolades.
Instead, we can love them authentically and serve them for their benefit… rather than using them for ours.