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While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
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Pleasing God is Paramount
do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still
pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
At times you will have to make a choice
between pleasing God and pleasing those around you, for God’s ways are not
man’s ways (Isa. 55:8–9). As important as it is to strive for good relations
with others, it is even more important to maintain a steadfast and obedient
relationship with Christ. Disobeying God to keep peace with other people is
never wise. Peace with God is always paramount.
Jesus warned that obeying Him might
cause division in your relationships (Matt. 10:35–36). If Paul’s primary goal
had been to please others, he would never have become an apostle of Jesus
Christ. Paul went completely against the wishes of his colleagues in order to
At times, obedience to God sets family
members at odds with each other (Matt. 10:35–36). When you follow Jesus’
Lordship, your family may misunderstand, or even oppose you, yet your obedience
to God reflects your identity as His child. Jesus said that those who obey His
will are His brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). God does not intend to divide
the home, but He places obedience before domestic harmony.
It is important to get alone in
quietness with God so that you understand what pleases Him. The world’s
thinking will mislead you more easily when you are not clear about what God
It broke Peter’s heart to know that the
opinion of a servant girl had mattered more to him than the approval of his
If the desire to appease others tempts
you to compromise what you know God wants you to do, learn from Peter’s
mistake. Determine that you will please your Lord regardless of the opinions of
others. Note: Orig Title - Pleasing God, pleasing Men
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…