1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Finally, brothers, we urge and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have learned from us how you ought to walk and to please God, you should excel more and more. 2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality, 4 that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in the lust of depravity, even as the Gentiles who do not know God, 6 and that no man take advantage of and defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. 8 Therefore he that despises does not despise man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
9 As concerning brotherly love, you do not need me to write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 And indeed, you do have love for all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, that you increase more and more. 11 Learn to be calm, and to conduct your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk honestly toward those who are outsiders and that you may lack nothing.
Pleasing God is putting Him first in our lives and through His Word (bible), discovering what pleases Him and putting it into practice by our obedience to it.
Who are you living to please? Galatians 1:10 Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ .
Pleasing God is more than what we do outwardly. Pleasing God begins with having our heart right with God and that means that our motives and our attitude towards God and His Word has to be right first.
Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart of man. Remember David, he was described by God as a man after God’s own heart. No, his life was not perfect but his motives and attitude towards God and His Word was a priority in his life.
Is pleasing God your desires? It first starts with a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus and then the process of sanctification begins with the washing of our minds with the Word of God and our obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is how we begin to please God.
Pleasing God is a matter of the heart!
It is NOW time for ALL of us to put away ALL those things in our lives that are not pleasing to God. We all know what we are doing that is not pleasing to God and we MUST confront them head on with the goal of ridding ourselves of them with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
Pleasing God? Is this your priority?