There comes a time when defending ourselves in the presence of others no longer becomes important. A child of God will come to realize they do not need the opinion of others to confirm their identity, innocence, credibility, or righteousness. Until we have cultivated an intimate friendship with Christ, we will long for the acceptance and affirmation of others, hoping to establish for ourselves a physical witness that we are worthy of our present position with God and man. We still value the word of man over the Word of God.
Persevering in our walk with God, however, will ultimately cause truth and redemption to become our judge, and the Holy Spirit will confirm that Christ has indeed identified us as His own, thereby releasing us from the judgments of man.
"For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee."
(2 Corinthians 1:20-22)
"In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me." (John 8:17)