And find out what pleases the Lord.

Ephesians 5:10 (NIV)

What pleases God? I don’t think what pleases God is a mystery. What does Hebrews 11:6 tell us?

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

What is faith?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Now, what do we know about faith? Other than it’s impossible to please God without it.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:17 (NIV)

Faith is an action. What else do we know about faith?

But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 14:23 (NIV)

Anything that doesn’t come from faith is a sin. Does this mean you can do anything you want and give God credit for it, and that’s okay?

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)

So, not everything is constructive. How can we tell what is and what is not constructive?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

By not conforming to the world, we can discern the difference between what is or is not constructive. Otherwise, we might be so conformed to the world that we cannot tell the difference between right and wrong.

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

1 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

None of us want a seared conscience. While we can renew our minds to discern between good and evil, we’re also given indicators of the differences between acting in sin and following the Spirit.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Therefore, we can gauge if we’re living to please God by the fruit in our lives.

We know it’s impossible to please God without faith, but one thing is more important than faith.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

So without faith, it’s impossible to please God, but our faith is worthless without love. Now, who or what should we love, since love is more important than faith, and we’re seeking to answer the question of how to please God. What did Jesus say about the most important commandments?

Jesus replied: “‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:38-39 (NIV)

Thus, we can say that love pleases God. Love for God above all else and then love for our neighbors.

While we all might want to do “great” things for the Kingdom of God in faith to please God. It’s not involved as all of that. So, when you wake up, do everything in faith, with love, and you’ll be pleasing to God.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.