Approval Addiction


Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (NKJV)

I have found the driving force under many addictive, destructive or compulsive behaviors is the desire for approval. Everyone likes approval and no one seeks disapproval. The problem occurs when we make someone else’s opinion more important than God’s. When that occurs, we start building an idol around that person’s opinion and we become a bond servant to that person. These become very insecure relationships because we fear if we do not perform well we will lose their love and approval. During Paul’s day, a bond servant was someone who willingly remained as a slave to someone and he did so because he loved his master. It appears that Paul had once been a bond servant to man’s approval and now willingly sought only to find God’s approval. Paul’s motivation for good works now came from his love for Christ and knowing that he was bought at a tremendous price. What motivates your works today? Is it for the affirmation, validation and approval of man or is it because of your love for Christ? You cannot do both. 


About David Jones

David Jones is the Executive Director for Restoration Path Ministries. David is a Memphis TN area native and lives with his wife of over 32 years and has two adult children. He is a long-standing deacon, ordained elder and Sunday school teacher. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. Restoration Path is founded on David’s experiences and teachings. David has over 35 years of counseling, mental health, and ministry experience. In 1998, he began providing intensive workshops for Christian men struggling with sexual addiction. His work has also included workshops for the wives and families of sexual addicts. He has also facilitated numerous training institutes. The teachings that are presented through the ministry workshops and intensives are the result of proven and biblically based techniques. He is also the author of 4 other books Goldfish Devotionals, The Blessing of the Thorn, 10 Truths Wives Need to Know, and The Top 10 Lies Sex Addicts Tell Themselves. He is the author and creator of the 4 and 3-day Restoration Path intensive sexual addiction workshops and workbooks. He is the designer, author, and creator of the Restoration Path video workshops and workbooks for male sexual addicts as well as the video workshop for the wives of addicts. All of David’s books and material can be ordered from the ministry website.

One Response to “Approval Addiction”

  1. Bablofil June 22, 2017 5:39 pm #

    Thanks, great article.

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