1Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
Paul is begging the people that he leads spiritually to please God in their lives. He is challenging them. This is one of the most difficult things that we have to do in this world. We must choose who we will please.
I have the problem, personally, of wanting to please everyone. I had it when someone doesnâ€™t like me or what I say and do. I want everyone to think well of me. I want to be politically correct.
Sometimes this desire is so strong that it makes it hard for me to do and say what is right. I want my family and friends to like me more than I want to please God. That tears my stomach up. I know what is right. I know what God wants but I feel like I am caught in the middle.
Do you ever feel that way? You know what the Bible says, you know what pleases God but it can be disagreeable to so many.
It takes spiritual work but we must work to prove what is good and acceptable to God. Romans 12:2. We have to worry about pleasing God and not men 1Thessalonians 2:4. If I please men then I will not be the servant of Christ Galatians 1:10.
Paul want them to learn more and more about what it meant to walk and to please God. He wanted them to abound more and more in this.
Pleasing God is not necessarily easy nor pleasing to the flesh. It has its consequences. Pleasing God can cost us friends and comforts but we must choose to please Him.