How can I please God?



Question:  “What actions on my part is required to please God?”



Answer

When we realize just how great God’s love is and all that He has done for us, we naturally start loving Him. We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).


And as our love for God grows we naturally want to please Him and obey Him. And through our love and obedience of God, we develop a intimate relationship with God.


More than anything else, however, we want to please him (2 Corinthians 5:9).


We cannot please God by our own fleshly efforts.  We must first accept Jesus into our life so that we may be in the spirit and have the help of the Holy Spirit.  they who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8).


Salvation is not just a mental consent, but the beginning of a salvation relationship with God.  Ask yourself, what does an earthly father desire from his children.  God wants the same things - to be loved, to be respected, and to be obeyed.  As an earthly father wants a loving relationship with his children, God wants a loving relationship with His children.


God wants us to spend time with Him, in His Word, in prayer, in conversation, and just hanging out with Him. Even Jesus’ name, Immanuel, means God with us.  A mutual loving attraction between you and God.


The following helps answer the question, “How can I please God”.


Love

We must recognize the great magnitude of God’s love for us as portrayed by Jesus’ saving grace on the cross.  Our love of God needs to be the first thing, the most important attribute in our lives. God so loves us that He gave His one and only Son for us.  This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him (Matthew 17:5). God makes it clear, that we please God by listening, following, and loving His Son, Jesus. - And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). When does this happen? When we put God first in our lives.


When you love someone, you honor them, you want to please them, you want to spend time with them, and if the someone is God, you want to worship and praise them.


Obedience

It is because of out love for God that we want to obey God in all the ways commanded and instructed in the Bible. Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Loving obedience then is our greatest sacrifice.


Jesus said, If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). We want to obey God because we love Him.


Jesus Christ set for us the ultimate example of obedience to God’s will when He faced the terrible time of crucifixion for our sins. Praying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).


Relationship

As we spend time with God, learning His Word, who He is, growing in prayer, and communing with Him, we develop an intimate relationship and fellowship with our heavenly Father. We start seeing Him as our loving Daddy who wants the very best for us, who leads and guides us. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8).


But God cannot have an intimate relationship with unrighteousness, sin, and disobedience. True intimacy with God begins with drawing near to Him in love and obedience. Abide in me, and I in you (John 15:4).


From his heart, the apostle Paul said that his greatest desire was, That I may know him [better] (Philippians 3:10).


A relationship with God is personal. No one can comfort you, know you, and guide you, as God, for no one can know you as He does.  During times of intimate relationship, your heart may feel as if it might burst because of your emotions and love for Him, as if you where taken into another dimension.


Be patient, it takes time to develop intimacy with God, as you grow your trust, love, belief and faith in Him and His Word.


Faith

It is through faith in God that love, obedience, and relationship develop. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).


But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back (Hebrews 10:38).


Conclusion

It is through the development of love that obedience, and intimate relationship develop. A pleasing relationship that cannot be fully comprehended until experienced.


The start of pleasing God is loving God.


As our love, obedience, and relationship grow, we feel His presence and the joy and peace that His presence brings us. Pleasing God is a matter of living according to His commandments in love. There is nothing greater than a loving relationship with our creator, Father, and friend.



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