Pleasing People, Part 3

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Finally, we have the remedy for People Pleasing
(reminder, credit is the book People Pleasing by Lou Priolo.)


Characteristics of a God-pleaser

  1. He realizes that he cannot please God apart from being a Christian. (Rom. 8:8-9)
  2. He studies the Scriptures to understand exactly what it takes to please God. (Ps. 119:97-100; Eph. 5:9-10)
  3. In everything he does, he is conscious of pleasing God. (Col. 3:2)
  4. When he pleases people, he does so out of loving motives, not selfish ones. (Matt. 22:39)
  5. He knows that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
  6. He considers amending not only his actions, but also his thoughts and motives. (1 Sam. 16:7; Lk. 11:39-40)
  7. He is concerned about fulfilling not only his public duties but also his private ones. (Ps. 101:2)
  8. He is more concerned with what God sees in his heart than what man sees in his appearance.
  9. He programs his conscience by the Bible rather than by the culture. (Heb. 5:14)
  10. He does not shy away from necessary conflict or confrontation. (Prov. 28:33)
  11. He does not worry or fret when he displeases people if, by so doing, he pleases God. (Matt. 6:33; Eph. 4:29)

How to please God

  1. Pleasing God requires faith. (Heb. 11:5-6)
  2. Pleasing God requires walking with Him. (Gen. 5:22-24; Heb. 11:5-6)
  3. Pleasing God requires sanctification (holiness.) (1 Thess. 4:1-3)
  4. Pleasing God requires your cooperation. (Phil. 2:12-13)
  5. Pleasing God requires doing good works. (Col. 1:9-10)
  6. Pleasing God requires knowledge and wisdom. (Lk. 11:28; Col. 1:9-10)
  7. Pleasing God requires gratitude (worship.) (Heb. 12:28, 13:15-16)
  8. Pleasing God requires Godly ambition. (2 Cor. 5:9-10)

Sadly, I cannot share the entire book with you, but I highly recommend reading it for yourself. It goes into much more depth and includes observations about replacing pride with the cloak of humility.

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