In Acts 12 Herod began a persecution of the new believers. Then he even killed John’s brother James. (Acts 12:1-2, AMP)
It got worse.
When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. (Acts 12:3, NIV)
Do we ever do that? When have we ever acted on the whims of others? Have we killed ambition in a child or acted on our parents wish, rather than that of our spouse? When has possible kindness turned to nasty comments or actions?
When we take a good look at ourselves we will find we aren’t that far removed from Herod. Grant you, Herod killed and jailed people.
But he did much of it because others liked it.
Let’s outright ask ourselves this question. When have I acted only on the approval of others? When have I even turned aside from what
God is telling us to do, so that we please others?
Oh, it is a slippery slope my friends; a slippery slope indeed.
Prayer- Dear Lord, give us insight into our actions. Help us chose pure and right instead of the pleasures of the people around us. Amen.