June 2nd 2010

Pleasing God

“Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)
So what pleases God? Paul tells us our goal is to please him in 2 Corinthians 5:9 and to “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:10-11).

Without faith we can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6). We must believe God is real and that he rewards those that seek him.

Enoch was known as a person who pleased God. He is just one example of faith, of those that pleased God, from Hebrews 11.  He lived for 365 years walking in close contact with God. Then one day “Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5 NIV). 

Proverbs 16:7 tells us when people’s lives please the Lord even their enemies are at peace with them.

It pleases God when we pray for others and give thanks for them, and in particular when we pray for all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Galatians 6:8 reads: “…those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”

So in conclusion: “Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need.  These are the sacrifices that please God” (Hebrews 13:16).  Because “…anyone who does what pleases God will live forever” (1 John 2:16).

Father, thank you for your Bible, which tells us what pleases you. I want to always walk with you like Enoch did, doing what is right. Thank you for showing me what pleases you.

Study by Jill Newman 

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