Faith worked out

Who to Please

Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

It is a well-known fact that you cannot please all of the people, all of the time; even trying to please some of the people some of the time can be a tall order. So, why do we try? It comes down to basic needs, i.e., to be liked, to be included, to be needed. The problem is, what pleases a person one day just irritates the next. The line moves continually and the pressure to please builds each time. This way of life cannot be sustained and it is not how God wants us to live.

Pleasing others in our day-to-day life is one thing but when it come to the truth of the gospel, there is to be no compromise. As servants of God, we have been entrusted with the gospel and we are to share it truthfully. This means not watering it down or bending it to fit in with what someone is comfortable hearing. God’s truth is not to be tampered with. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not told in order to make the hearer feel that they are doing a good enough job as it is, its purpose is to save their soul by bringing them to repentance.

People pleasing is tricky, it is complicated and it is not always achievable, but the ability to please God is most definitely within our reach. The Lord knows our heart and he knows our intention. By his strength we also have the courage to be bold about the gospel.

When we focus on staying true to God as we share his good news, we cannot fail to bring him joy and pleasure.

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