Psalm 119 – Part 11
August 16, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 12
August 18, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 11
August 16, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 12
August 18, 2013

What Pleases God?

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8

The unbeliever cannot please God. This does not mean God doesn’t love the unbeliever—He does. We were all unbelievers at one time. To please is to give pleasure. There are times when our children do things that don’t please us. In fact, they aggravate us. However, it doesn’t mean we love them less.

The unbeliever has no redemptive faith. God extends grace that we must receive by faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: 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)

Even as believers, we please God through faith. Our desire is to please God. We don’t please God by obeying the law. We please God by doing what comes through a heart of love. We please God when we love others and walk in that love. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:22) What is the commandment? “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)

Even faith works through love. (Galatians 5:6) Even Paul told the Thessalonians, “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1) The greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

If the unbeliever who lives in the selfishness of flesh cannot please God, then the believer, who has the love of God abiding within can please God. Abound in grace and walk in love so pleasing the Father.