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You Cannot Please Both God and Man

“Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets. “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either.” Luke 6:26-29 CSB


Man pleasers are not usually God pleasers because God’s word is a rebuke and rebuttal of man’s words and ways. The false prophets tell people what they do is good because they are good. The true prophet tells people to love God and do His will, to cease that which displeases God, and to engage fully in the will of God prescribed in the word of God for His people. Those who love God and obey His commands to make disciples will not be man-pleasers. Instead, they will incur the ire of the people who will treat them as enemies, hating, cursing, and mistreating them. The genuine person of God will love these haters, doing good to them by continuing to speak truth to them even as those who hate them continue to mistreat them. This is the opposite way of living by so many who claim to be Christians because they focus on being at peace with all people rather than calling all people to make peace with God, Who is the Judge of all and determines the eternal destiny of everyone, whether heaven or hell. If we truly love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, then we will do everything we can to help people get into heaven, for no one can come to the Father except through Jesus the Savior, but this truth is an offense to all those who refuse to humble themselves before the One True God. If the Christian doesn’t have enemies because of his testimony of Jesus, he is most likely not obeying the Great Commission, being more interested in pleasing people rather than pleasing God. What will be the consequence of that choice?

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