It’s hard to be obedient to God, it’s hard to constantly be in His word; it’s easier not to and the devil knows this. We get tempted by immediate satisfaction and selfishness and before we know it, we’ve strayed way off course.
I’m currently reading a book called ‘Pleasing God’ by Kay Smith. This is actually my second time reading it but there’s so much I missed the first time around.
It’s been an amazing revelation on how we woman can live a life that is pleasing to God.
Living a life that is pleasing to God will keep you on course, like a compass and a light in the dark wilderness of this world.
One excerpt from the book says,
Living to please God produces a deeper, closer walk with Him. It gives you the grace to ignore injustice or to bear unkindness. It gives you a desire to forgive. It causes you to forsake those things that God doesn’t want in your life. It makes you let go of hatred, bitterness, and jealousy. When you do these things, it shows your depth of love for God.
Pleasing God helps you to bear unkindness, helps you to forgive, helps free from you from all kinds of ugliness and most importantly brings you closer to God – that’s powerful stuff.
It’s important to please God in all that we do, especially in our marriages.
For those married, you know this can be a true test of your faith!
God brings two completely different people, with different upbringings, different world views and different experiences together and we’re suppose to live in harmony!?
It’s inevitable that disagreements, division and discouragement will arise.
As wives there will be times when you feel frustrated, unappreciated and unloved; when this happens we usually react by being unloving and unkind right back.
We do something nice for our husband but he doesn’t notice or appreciate it and we react by saying, “that’s the last time I’ll do anything nice!” And then it is the last time we do anything nice.
Or maybe we have our plate full with work, kids, sports, homework, groceries etc. and it feels like we’re the only one contributing and what do we do? We become bitter, resentful and angry towards our spouse.
What if, in those moments of doing laundry or homework or sports, we did it to please God?
What if, instead of trying to get acknowledgment and adoration from our husband, we only looked for God’s approval? Do you think we’d react differently?
I believe if we lived this way, then the appreciation and adoration we so desire from our spouse would be an automatic result of our selflessness.
Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
God created all things for his pleasure; however, we are too busy trying to please one another (or ourselves) that we forget this truth.
And what about trying to please ourselves? This world is filled with pleasing ‘self’ – “Do what feels good.” “Do what’s best for you.” “Do what makes you happy.”
I can guarantee that those things that feel good or make us happy or that we think are best are in reality, toxic to us. If you were to ask the question, “is this pleasing to God?” it would reveal our true intentions, which is –pleasing ourselves.
I urge you to test it out this week, ask yourselves “Is what I’m doing pleasing to God?”
In everything you do, don’t do it for human acceptance but instead, do it for heavenly approval.
I’d love to hear your feedback on today’s post, do you feel their is truth behind living a life pleasing to God? Are you willing to test it out? We’d love to hear what you experience.
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