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Pleasing

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Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10

Verses Nine and Ten: “We make it our goal to please Him… for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ”.

Paul would definitely choose to be “away from the body” and to be with Christ. His life has been one of both fruitful ministry and of trials and sufferings for his faith. He has not quite written the “fought the good fight” passage, but his longing to be with the Lord is growing. Paul looks to the time when he will stand before Jesus and will enter His rest. Yet Paul also knows that he has a purpose to fulfill now.

In our passage today, Paul refers to the idea of living by faith and not by sight. God is not something or someone we can physically touch or see, yet we live within God’s presence. It is something we can feel. God touches and moves within our hearts and minds, assuring us of our faith. While faith cannot be proven or seen or otherwise quantified, our experiences with Jesus and the Holy Spirit are very real in the life of a believer. It is by faith that we live our daily lives. Paul writes, “We make it our goal to please Him”. While in this body, this too is our goal – to live a life worthy of the gospel, one that is holy and pleasing to the Lord.

Paul closes this thought with: “for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ”. This is a reality for all people, believers and non-believers alike. One day we will all appear before the Lord. How we have lived while in the body does matter. Each day may we do what is pleasing to God, like Paul, looking forward to the day when we go to be with the Lord. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Pleasing

  1. WALKING BY FAITH

    IT IS NOT FAITH TO LOOK AHEAD
    WITH WORRIED DOUBTS AND FEARS
    AND CONTEMPLATE TORROWS TRAILS
    THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR
    BUT IT IS FAITH, TO LOOK ABOVE
    WITH CONFIDENCE AND TRUST ,
    ASSURED THE WAY HE OVERRULES
    IS EVER RIGHT AND JUST.

    IT IS NOT FAITH TO BE CAST DOWN
    AND OVER COME WITH DOUBT,
    TO WONDER HOW THE LORD CAN LEAD
    TO WORK YOUR PROBLEMS OUT,
    BUT IT IS FAITH TO REEST IN HIM
    AND TRUST HIS GUIDING HAND
    HE WILL UPHOLD, SUSTAIN, AND KEEP
    ALONG THE PATHS HE PLANNED.
    AMEN

    WE HAVE HOPE IN HEAVEN. ETERNAL JOY AND BLESSINGS IN HEAVEN. ,
    HAVE COURAGE IN TRIALS, AS WE HAVE HOPE IN CHRIST JESUS.

  2. FAITH IS THE BRIGHTEST EVIDENCE OF THINGS BEYOND OUR SIGHT.

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