In the generation we are living in today where comparison and competition have become avenues where people try to base their worth, it’s sad to note many people have become sensitive to what others say about them. We must not have a victim mentality! Excessive sensitivity to what others say about us can cause us to become overly absorbed in worry and anxiety over other people’s opinions based on their own self-subscribed standards.
We should not be hypersensitive to criticism or entertain an exaggerated sense of our own importance. This brings great unhappiness. Some people are insecure, lacking in self-confidence, and are therefore easily bruised by what other people say. Many egocentric people fall victim.
An illustration is the paranoid person who sees two acquaintances talking together and jumps to the conclusion that they are discussing her faults. She retreats into the torture chamber of her own mind, where she manufactures misery. Run from paranoia as you would run from a plague.
But the greatest solution to this very real problem is to surrender to Christ. Turn from self-absorption to being immersed in God’s truth. The most important thing anyone can do on their own behalf is to be humble before the Savior and ask forgiveness of sin and receive Him as the Lord. He sends His Spirit to help us through this journey. More important than what people think of us is what God knows about us, and His word tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” -Romans 3:23. But He is waiting to hear our confession. He is waiting to redeem us and give us a new life in Christ. “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” -Acts 3:19.
Seek the honor of God and men will have no choice than to honor you. Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. And be immune to the praises of men and to the criticism of men ,for the love of praises of men will puff your heart and their criticism will destroy you.