Grieve or Please

God’s Love

God’s love for His children, those who trust in His Son, and have received Christ as Lord and Savior, is unchanging and eternal.

God is for us (Romans 8:31).

Christ Jesus intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).

NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39).

While God’s love for His children is steadfast, we can grieve Him or please Him.

Grieving God

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

Paul gives examples of how we can grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:25-29), all of which are illustrations of sin.

Even though we can grieve the Holy Spirit, we are sealed by Him and cannot lose our salvation.

But! As long as He is grieved, we have lost fellowship with Him, and therefore direction and joy. The remedy is to confess your (my) sin, knowing that God will “forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9)

Pleasing God

On the other hand, we can please God. Amazing isn’t it? We, mortal humans, but children of God, can please Almighty God! Woohoo!

And we can learn to please Him.

Learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:10)

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. (2 Corinthians 5:9)

God Helps Us Please Himself

Determine to please Him in all respects (Colossians 1:10), and know that God is working in you both to want to please Him and to actually work to please Him.

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

God is helping us please Him!

Set Your Mind

Resolve to increasingly know Him and know what He wants you to do. Determine to live your life His way. You’ll please Him!