Pleasing God

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

In the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament), the verb in “walked with God” is euaresteo. It is used in the book of Genesis to describe Enoch (5:22), Noah (6:9), Abraham (17:1, 24:40), and Isaac (48:15).

Its three usages in the New Testament (all in the book of Hebrews) have a different sense: “to please” (Hebrews 11:5, 6); “to take pleasure in or be well pleased with” (Hebrews 13:16).

In light of this, the conclusion seems plain: walking with God pleases God. Nothing is sweeter to Jehovah than your life lived by faith and in daily fellowship with Him.

The sure way to please God is to:

  • Walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4).

  • Walk no longer in futility (Ephesians 4:17).

  • Walk not in a disorderly manner (2 Thessalonians 3:11, 6).

  • Walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

  • Walk worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10).

  • Walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called (Ephesians 4:1).

  • Walk worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12).

  • Walk in love (Ephesians 5:2).

  • Walk in Christ (Colossians 2:6).

  • Walk in wisdom (Colossians 4:5).

  • Walk in truth (3 John 3, 4).

  • Walk in the light (1 John 1:7).

  • Walk properly as in the day (Romans 13:13).

  • Walk as a child of light (Ephesians 5:8).

  • Walk circumspectly, not as a fool (Ephesians 5:15).

  • Walk according to God’s commandments (2 John 6).

  • Walk to please God as you ought (1 Thessalonians 4:1).

Walking with God pleases God.

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