The concept of others perceptions of us is not new. In fact, some of the oldest writings of the Bible talk about this very topic:
1 Samuel 16:7: But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Isaiah 2:22: Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
The first chapter of the book of Jeremiah also talks about how the Lord called Jeremiah to be a prophet. The Lord told him not to be afraid of what they thought of him or their misconceptions of him, but to speak what the Lord would tell him without fear.
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