This last year God has been teaching me so much about Him, His word and myself and others. There have been times I haven't "felt" like talking with Him and other times when I did want to talk with the Lord (in prayer) and I could not express any words. Overall, I just REALLLY want to please the Lord. Do you know what I mean? I'm learning that I may not always have the "feeling" of intimate talk with the Lord, but He is committed to me and patiently teaches me His ways so that I can please him; but there is nothing I have done that pleases him - it is his Son Jesus who pleases Him. Matthew 17:5 The Father said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
God the Father is well pleased with His Son Jesus. It is through him that we have the hope of Salvation! Do we understand what that means?! He is saving us from certain death, eternal death! Our sins are like flithy rags, we cannot enter heaven because of them. It's like when we were all muddy and our mothers wouldn't let us come in the house until we were clean. Jesus take all of the filthy sins of our lives and gives us new clothes, pure, white and holy. This is why the Father is pleased with his Son. He was obedient to death, even death on the cross, to pay the penalty of our sins. And he didnt' stop there. He also rose from the dead and those who are in faith in Christ will do the same - rise unto life in Christ!
What pleases God? When we recognize by grace (his free gift) and through faith in His Son that we are saved. Have faith and please the Lord. I'm leaning this difficult lesson. It's not by my strength but by faith that I can please the Lord. I am so thankful for my relationship with him and I pray for the same for you my friend.
"Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it." Ephesians 5:10.
"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
These are not commands to weigh us down, but to lighten the Load. God loves us and wants the best for us. Let's set our hearts to pleasing the Lord!
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