People pleasing

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – People pleasing

Herod loves to receive positive feedback, so much so that he is prepared to kill for it. The desperate need he has to feel that he is loved, liked or just fond of is a human desire but can only be deeply and truely satisfied by the love of God. It is an extreme example of seeking affirmation by people pleasing but it shows how insidious and dangerous it is to seek it from areas that are not from God. Please God first and last.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do i respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I am a people pleaser to a degree and have been foe a long time because I like the affirmations I receive. I like to help people but the risk is three fold, that I do it for the wrong reasons, that it doesn’t allow others to learn and grow and that is takes away my own opportunity to learn. I have to learn the balance between being empathetic, compassionate and dispassionate. At the moment there are so many people that are suffering in their minds and each time I come across one, I will offer that person to God and not try to rescue or be all to them.

Prayer:

Lord,
I surrender all people to you.
I give everyone and everything to you.
May I do all that I can for others within my limitations while leaving space for you.
Let me not get in the way of the Holy Spirit and if so let the Holy Spirit work through me.
Amen

Acts 12:1-11

King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly.
On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of one street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’