Chapter-4.2   Seven Lessons On Judgment

2. Judgment / Pleasing God

If we are to be able to look at the signs given in Scripture that help a person or a nation determine for themselves that they are under judgment, we benefit to understand some of the characteristics of God’s tender ways of treating those He loves. The well-known passage of 1 Corinthians 13 about ‘love’ being patient and kind are under statements as far as God is concerned. He is the ultimate expression of these virtues. He certainly takes compassion to the next level as well. But the same Bible that articulates these qualities of ‘goodness’ also admonishes us to behold His ‘severity’ as well (Roman’s 11:22).

 

Maintaining The ‘High Road’

The Bible gives us clear guidelines regarding how we can please God. Tragically, in the very stressful moments of life, it is amazing how easily we can step from that high road of trying to please Him, to that slipery path of seeking to indulge ourselves. We must learn the art of controlling ourselves as discussed below, if we are to avoid ‘destruction’ in the here and now. According to Galatians 6:8 (NIV), “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” *1*. Minister Debra Aiken, in her May 10, 2016 devotion on this passage points out, “You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.” *2*.
 
The Three stages of pleasing God are believing, listening, and living.

The first is that we believe by exercising ‘faith’ in Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” *3*. Such faith is actually a gift from Him. It does not originate with us. We get this faith by asking for it — by inviting Jesus into our hearts.

The second step in pleasing God is listening to His Son, Jesus. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain in the presence of Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John, God spoke very clearly from a cloud saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him. (Luke 9:35 NIV). *4*.  The words and teachings of Jesus are found in the Bible, which we are encouraged to read every day.

I believe that the clear instructions give by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5, represent the third step, living: “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.” *5*.
 

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References

*1* Galatians 6:8 (New International Version) – Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+6%3A8&version=NIV

*2* Tell The Lord Thank-you Ministry

http://www.tellthelordthankyou.com/blog/2016/5/10/galatians-67-8-sowing-to-the-spirit-or-to-the-flesh

*3* Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) – Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%2011:6&version=NIV

*4* Luke 9:35 (NIV) – Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%209:35&version=NIV

*5* 1 Thessolonians 1:1-5 (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+4%3A1-5&version=NIV

 
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