Tag Archive | pleasing God not man

Ezekiel 18: 1-2 ” The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: The father’s eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ “

In this passage God is doing away with this well-known proverb and giving His people a new one.  For in the next verse He exclaims, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.  For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to Me.  The soul who sins is the one who will die.”  Here God gives us a declaration of individual responsibility for our sins…for only us are accountable for our sins…and some day, we will be the only person that will answer for them.

Psalm 97: 10 ” Let those who love the Lord hate evil for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

It tells us here, if you love God – you hate sin.  There’s no middle ground or compromise for this statement either.  If Jesus is living inside of you, sin and wickedness should evoke within you a strong aversion and loathing.  If sin of any type is still enticing, tempting, and luring you…even if you don’t act on it…I pray that you confess this captivation and ask for forgiveness.  For our God is not only able to rescue you from the hand of the oppressor, but give you peace.

Jude 22 ” Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

In the “politically correct” environment we live in it’s far too easy to condone and excuse away sin.  We’d rather look away or justify than confront.  But  confrontation is exactly what this Scripture talks about.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin…we are to challenge with love and mercy, but also make absolutely plain the consequences to come.

II Corinthians 5:21 ” God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

I find it fascinating how  people rationalize and marginalize their sins away.  We’ll blame everyone else in order not to place the guilt where it belongs…on ourselves.  “The devil made me do it!”  doesn’t stand up well in light of such scriptures as Hebrews 4:15 which states that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.  Taking ownership of our sins is the first step to getting right with God…as is conceding that a sin is a sin – there is no scale from 1-10 of severity of sins…so there’s no difference between a “little white lie” and a serious sin…both are missing the mark.

I Thessalonians 2:4 ” On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, Who tests our hearts.”

There will come a time when you’ll come to a crossroads and you’ll have to make a hard decision…do you please man, or  God.  Sure, pleasing man is easy, painless and non-confrontational…for the moment.  But it usually comes with compromise and difficulties in the end.  When we intentionally and deliberately focus our conduct on what the Lord would want us to do…people will  see that our walk matches our talk.