Everyone wants to be liked. Even people we don’t really care that much about ourselves, we still want them to like us. But regardless of what others think about us personally, the only one who matters is God.
In Isaiah 51:12, it is written, "I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass."
We may not fear what another person might do to us physically, but too often, we do fear what they might think or say about us. However, if we are doing what we feel led to do – by God, not by society or our friends or acquaintances – then it isn’t anyone’s place to criticize us or to ridicule our attempts in His services. Knowing this won’t stop it from happening, but it does help in remembering we’re not alone, "…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Boldness in this sense is to be courageous or to be confident in The Lord. It’s to fear God, not man. In this age of "anything goes" (unless it’s anything that goes to church, as some believe), traits like confidence or boldness aren’t usually associated with Christianity. But they should be. For it takes a sincerely confident, and courageous, and bold person to stand for Christ, as it says in Proverbs 14:26, "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence."
To be bold/confident in The Lord turns our attention away from the thoughts of others – and more toward the thoughts of God. When we are busy doing the things He has instructed for us to do, before we know it, the day has passed and we’re still worry-free of our own pesky, miserable thoughts.
So, what should we do when these thoughts still intrude? Here are a few Scriptural tips to get started:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward." (Hebrews 10:35)
"…Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)