Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.
When trying to think of what we as Christians would like to do in the future, pleasing God must be right up there at the top of every list. For the child of God, there’s a clear understanding that pleasing God and enjoying a blessed life always go hand in hand. I once read, ”if you want to really enjoy your life, find the will of God and just do it.” To investigate the future and not see God there would actually be looking backwards.
So, what can we do in the upcoming months that might be pleasing to God? Looking at today’s text, and remembering, we serve a God who never changes, here are things He told Israel to do as they rebuilt their lives with Him. First, be honest. Just quit living a bunch of lies. If someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, politely decline. Don’t make up a lie to make them feel better. Speak the truth in an atmosphere of love and peace. That’s the next thing God adds. When telling the truth, use some common sense. Does telling the neighbor you think their dog is ugly help anything? NO. Who knows, you might be wrong. Maybe it’s a cute dog and you have poor tastes in canines. Think about what you say, tell the truth, but in love. Next God says; don’t waste time trying to get even, or making others look bad so you look good. You always look bad doing so. Finally, be a person of your word. Don’t make promises you can’t or won’t keep. He ends saying, these are things He hates. That never ends well.
Why does God hate these things? Because they violate His love for man, disrespect Him, and His will. When planning your tomorrows, keep in mind what pleases God. Honest, peace loving, trustworthy people. Blessings and pleasing God both go hand in hand.
Are we pleasing to God?
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