for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. – John 12:43
It says in the previous verse that many even of the authorities believed in Jesus, but for fear of the Pharisees, they didn’t confess it. And then John gives some commentary on that. The reason why they did not confess is that they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. They preferred man’s approval, not God’s. They wanted to be lifted up in a worldly way, not a godly way.
May this not be true of us! For we who believe in Him, there is a strong temptation to not confess Him to others, especially as being a Christian becomes more and more passé, or worse, offensive. But may we not be as those who love the glory that comes from men more than the glory that comes from God.
Let the world despise and leave us; they have left our Savior too. Human hearts and looks deceive us. He is not, like them, untrue.
God, help us to confess You and not fear men.