Well Pleasing to God [Devotional]

well pleasing to God


Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9, NKJV).

As believers, our focus should always be to live a life that is well pleasing to God. When it comes right down to it, the way to define success as believers isn’t whether or not we win a popularity contest, or have any success here on earth.

But while the idea of pleasing God seems good and wonderful (and it is!) one thing that many believers, including myself, struggle with is the desire to also please others.

And we do indeed, to some degree, have to please other people. For example, if you don’t please your boss, you may get fired. If you don’t please your spouse, the marriage may not work out. And to some degree, if you don’t please your friends, you may not have many friends.

The key, and the way to maintain balance when it comes to pleasing God while also pleasing men (as needed) is to look to God for wisdom in how to handle relationships, and then walk according to the wisdom God gives you. In this way, you’ll please others when it’s the godly thing to do, and yet say, “No” to the demands of others when they go against what pleases God.

I understand that the thought of doing things that please God and yet displeases others is a scary proposition. Doing so may indeed have repercussions here on earth. But it’s important to remember that it’s impossible to please everyone, and the best way to “win” is to focus on pleasing God.

Now this doesn’t mean that you need to be belligerent when it comes to doing things that please God, but may displease others. In fact, I think such belligerence may be displeasing to God, so be sure to watch your attitude in this process!

Always seek to be kind and loving to others, even if pleasing God means refusing to do what they want you to do. For example, if you have a boss that wants you to do something unethical, you can, very kindly, with a humble spirit, let them know that it’s something you’re unwilling to do. And while you’re at it, perhaps you can offer them a solution that is pleasing to God, and then be willing to go the extra mile for making it happen.

You see, when we truly please God, everyone ultimately wins!


Praying the Word

Lord, I pray that You’ll help me to live a life that is 100% focused on pleasing You. When I mess up, help me to be quick to repent to You, and apologize to others as needed.


Applying the Word

Are there things in your life that you know are displeasing to God? If so, choose one thing to focus on changing. There may be multiple things that you need to change, but if those things are bad habits, it’s best to focus on just a few at a time. If the things that are displeasing to God are things that you can quickly rectify, then pick one thing to “fix” and do it within the next 48 hours.


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