Pleasing the Father

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

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