Seeking to be pleasing to God

Most of the time, as God’s children we do not focus on several characteristics that we as God’s children should have. However, one important characteristic, and perhaps one of the most important, is “pleasing to God”.

Christian Reflections - Seeking to be pleasing to God
Seeking to be pleasing to God

If one thing we must understand is that, if our attitudes, dreams, projects and even our life are not pleasing to God, we cannot expect Him to manifest Himself in us.

Thus, we spend our day to day trying not to fall into sin or actions that are not pleasing to God. This, in order to be accepted by our father. In Proverbs 6:16-19 we can observe the things that God hates the most and asks us not to fall into them.

Therefore, we must not fall into: pride, lies, murder, evil thoughts, walking in evil ways and discord.

However, the best part of all this is that there is nothing that pleases God that does not make us happy. God as our father knows what is best for us and that is why he knows what to give us.

However, here we will help you understand and begin to transform areas of your life so that you will please God as his son.

How to be pleasing to God according to his word?

His word is the best direction we can have in our life, but nevertheless, it gives us tips or ways in which we can be pleasing to God.

1. Have faith in God

I think we’ve all heard that verse that says, “But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”; Hebrews 11:6.

If you have read or heard this verse you will have realized that this is sort of a requirement that cannot be missed in order to be pleasing to God.

If we study the life of Enoch, we realize that in the face of such a wicked world he never let himself be carried away by it and remained firm in the faith that God would return to earth. From then on, Enoch not only believed in God, but he always walked with Him.

By having faith in God and believing in what He says, we are being pleasing to God.

2. Dealing with the Spirit

“For to care for the flesh is death, but to care for the Spirit is life and peace. For the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it; and they that are in the flesh cannot please God”; Romans 8:6-8.

Certainly, the Bible contrasts two kinds of minds: the carnal mind and the mind guided by the Spirit of God. Therefore, having a mind that is occupied with what the Holy Spirit of God is leading is one more way to continue to please God.

The process can be challenging, then; following God and dealing with how His Spirit leads us can become somewhat complicated by our flesh. However, God has poured out the gift of self-control into our lives and there is nothing we can do that He does not do.

3. Fear of God

The word of God states in Psalm 147:11 that: “The Eternal is pleased with those who fear Him, and with those who hope in His love”.

The fear of God should not be established in our lives out of fear of Him, but out of respect. In the Bible teaches us that we should fear God because it is good for us to recognize that He is powerful over everything.

However, proper fear and respect for God will lead us to avoid sin, reminding us that God will hold us accountable for our actions.

Fearing God will lead us to trust Him.

4. Study and follow Christ’s example

In one of the revelations that God showed to Christ’s disciples (Peter, James and John), God showed the incarnation of Him in His son. Jesus was the son of God in whom the father was pleased.

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to him”; Matthew 17:5.

Jesus said, “I do always those things that please Him”; John 8:29.

5. Obeying God

The prophet Samuel expressed God’s displeasure with Saul, Israel’s first king, who disobeyed a direct order from God.

“Does the Eternal take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as well as in obeying the words of the Eternal? Surely to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams”; 1 Samuel 15:22.

Obedience to God pleases his heart and is not only good for him, but for us as well.

6. Doing God’s Will

“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever”; Hebrews 13:21.

What is God’s will? What God wants, His commandments and His plans are expressed in the Bible.

Jesus is our greatest example of doing what God desires to the highest degree.

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