Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
The gospel removes a “people-pleasing” spirit. The gospel produces confident and fearless followers of Jesus, doing what is right without concern for the approval and opinion of others. Paul says that he COULDN’T be a “servant of Christ” if he were a people-pleaser.
For more check out: Proverbs 29:25, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” When Samson gave in to Delilah (Judges 16), it was because he was afraid of losing her sexual attention.
In the gospel we discover that trusting in Christ brings God’s full and complete favor and approval. When He sees the believer, He sees Jesus–and so says to us: “With you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).