A Life Pleasing to God

Have you ever wondered what it means to please the Lord? I’ve been recently reading in Colossians and the first chapter verses 10 through 12 has really stood out to me in how God wants us to live our lives.

A life pleasing to God will bear fruit.

We have been adopted into God’s family so we should be walking, (living,) as children of God. Walking worthy of God means to live in,

. Love

. Peace

. Purity

. Faith

When we live a life that is honoring and pleasing to the Lord it brings Him much joy!

Say you brought home an apple tree and it was rotten, well, as you can guess it would produce rotten apples. The same could be said if you brought home a healthy orange tree, it would produce healthy delicious oranges. Then so our lives should be spent living and pleasing the Lord in every good work and we will bear spiritual fruit.

A life pleasing to God longs to know Him deeper

A life that is pleasing to God is one that continues to “grow in knowledge.” It is a life that continually seeks to know God more intimately. And what it means here is not intellectually knowing God but instead having a relationship with Him. A couple ways we can do that is by,

. Not reading the Bible primarily for factual information but instead discerning the heart of God. In other words we’re not looking for information but direction.

. Not Praying our prayers in a way that are consumed with requests but instead praying in a way that builds your relationship with God.

A life pleasing to God Endures with Patience, Longsuffering, and Joy

In verse 11 it tells, “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power…” and then notice that it is given for, “All patience and longsuffering with joy.”

The word longsuffering means: patiently enduring lasting offense or hardship.

God enables us to endure by giving us the strength of His Holy Spirit and the promises in His Word. He also reminds us that,

. He is always in control. ( Joshua 1:9 )

. He does what is good. ( Romans 8:28 )

. He has and will never make a mistake. ( Psalm 18:30 )

If we place our strength and trust in Him we can have a joy in our trials.

A life pleasing to God is living life greatfully

Have you noticed how often we complain? We can thank the Lord for what He has given to us yet at the same time feeling we need more. It’s easy to think that if God loved us so much we would have less problems, less sickness, less difficulties.

Instead we should be spending our time expressing our gratefulness to God as He has dragged us out of our old lives and brought us unto Himself to be partakers of Him and eternity.

So here is what it comes down to: the ultimate choice in life is between pleasing ourselves and pleasing God.” – Greg Laurie

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