What does it mean to “please” our Heavenly Father? Jesus’ goal was to please the Father (John 8:29-30): to excite emotion; to be agreeable; to accommodate desires and interests. Enoch’s life pleased God (Gen 5:23-24; Heb 11:5): to gratify entirely; to be well-pleasing. (Strong’s and Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicons)
2 Timothy 3:3-4 ? God is pleased when He has our full attention.
Be fruitful (Matt 13:18-23; Luke 8:11-15)
Be armored (Eph 6:13-19)
John 8:29-30 ? God is pleased when we always obey Him.
Our assurance of answered prayer (1 John 3:21-22)
Our Lord’s food and initiative (John 4:34; 5:30)
Our Father’s response (Eph 1:20-23; Phil 2:5-11)
1 Thessalonians 4:1-4 ? God is pleased when we sincerely sanctify our lives.
The process (Peter: Luke 22:34-34) and (Paul: Acts 21:13)
Hebrews 11:6 ? God is pleased when we trustingly obey Him.
Diligence and Reward (Heb 11:24-26)
Hebrews 13:15-16 ? God is pleased when we willingly sacrifice what He requires.
Abundance of grace (Acts 4:32-35; 2:44)
1 Corinthians 1:21 ? God is pleased when we unashamedly tell His plan of salvation.
Heaven rejoices (Luke 15:7)
The joy of our hearts should be in giving God the pleasure He seeks.
— By Boyd Jennings
Text: (Rom 5:6-11)
God, whose very nature defines love, has revealed in His word everything true about “love” (1 John 4:7-8, 16). Love is the greatest trait we can possess (1 Cor 13:13). God tells us He loves us (John 3:16a), & He even proved His love (John 3:16b).
I. GOD TEACHES THE SACRIFICIAL NATURE OF HIS LOVE
A. He came to love us (John 1:1-2, 14).
1. He left eternal glory (John 17:5; Phil 2:5-8).
2. He became weak before His enemies (Heb 2:14-15; 4:15; 2:18).
3. He suffered for His enemies (Rom 5:6-11).
a. Christ’s commitment to love (cf. 1 Cor 13)
II. GOD TEACHES THE UNCONDITIONAL NATURE OF HIS LOVE
A. Hosea was told to take wife of harlotry (Hosea 1:2).
1. She was unfaithful.
2. She became a slave.
3. She was redeemed.
a. God’s commitment to love (Eph 4:30; 2 Cor 11:2-4; Gal 3:13).
III. GOD TEACHES THE DEMANDS OF HIS LOVE
A. Jesus taught the demands of God’s love.
1. “You must believe that I am God” (Exo 3:14; John 8:24).
2. …confess the truth about Me” (Matt 10:32).
3. …repent of sin” (Luke 13:3, 5).
4. …be baptized to be saved from sin” (Mark 16:16).
5. …follow Me out of darkness & into the light” (John 8:12).
a. Our commitment to remain in His love (1 John 5:3; Jude 21).
IV. SATAN DIMINISHES THE LOVE OF GOD
A. Lie: “Sin cannot change God’s love” (1 Cor 16:22; Rom 6:1-2; cf. 1 Pet 2:16; 2 Pet 2:18-19).
B. Lie: “Worship fulfills God’s demands of love” (Micah 6:6-8; Luke 11:42; John 5:42).
1. Religious pride overlooks patience & mercy (Matt 9:13; Jas 2:13).
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body” (Matthew 26:26).
At the time only One Person understood the significance of what was taking place.
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