Saturday, October 29, 2011

People Pleasing

I think this is one of the main habit's that Christians have, People Pleasing.  We think because we are Christians that we have to try and please eerybody.  We believe that if we do not say yes to everything that people will think that we are not true christians or that we are fake.  The truth of the matter is, is that we don't not have to please everyone.  Honestly we can't please eveyone and no matter what we do people will still have something to say about something.  Within my family as a whole I can say numerous of times I have pleased those family members and when a time came where I could not, they acted as if I have never done them a  favor and got upset and angry with me.  As my relationship grew with God I began to notice that people pleasing is not something God wants us to do.  It can turn into Compromising your relationship with God.  Look at Galatians 1:10.  For  do I now, persuade men or God?  Or do I seek to please men?  For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Paul Continually sought to please God.  He did not care about what other  thought or trying to make them feel God by sugar coating the word of God for people.  He wanted to please God and not men.  He was honest with the people and told them what he saw them doing.  Trying to pervert the word of God, some turning away from God when they were not getting what they wanted.  He did not try and please them by making them feel good when it was a time to hold them accountable.  I know at times it can be extremely hard to tell someone you care about no or tell them the truth but we have to make sure we are pleasing God in these times.  What are some things that you do to please people that is something you know God is not neccessarily happy with?  What can you do to stop your people pleasing habits?

It was so hard for me to stop being a people pleaser.  The way I grew up having to take care of my brothers and be a mom figure for them, as they grew up and became teenagers I still felt that I had to please them.  For long time I fought with myself on should I not do this or that.  For a long time I would do things to please family member simply because I know they wanted me to do it and would be mad if I didn't.  I am so glad that I finally came to my senses and started to seek God about what I should do and how I can serve people being a Christian and still not be out of alignment with God.  We have to please people by making sure they are saved serving them with the things of God.  1Corinthians 10:31-33  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church or God, just as I also please all men, in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.  Why is it that we should seek to please God?  he holds our future, he has given us eternal life, he has the power to heal all our sickness and disease, he gives us peace, joy, love, happiness, the way to a successful life.  People can't give us those things.  If they could then we would not need God.   Take a look at Phillippians 3:14  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.   Paul had this goal in mind with everything that he did.  He left his past behind him and moved forward seeking God, pleasing God because he knew there was a prize for him at the end of his race.  We also have to look at it this way.  I lik 

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