LIVING TO PLEASE GOD By PRES. FINNEY.

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January 30, 1861

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD

By PRES. FINNEY.

“Ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God.”–1 Thes. 4:1.

In speaking from these words, I enquire,

I. What is it to live and walk so as to please God. To this I answer,

1. To make his pleasure our ultimate end of life; that is, to make his pleasure an end, and not a means of promoting our own. It is possible to aim at pleasing God simply as a means of securing our own salvation. But this is not really aiming to please God as our end, but is aiming to please ourselves as an end, and pleasing God only as a means.

To make his pleasure our ultimate end, is to aim at pleasing him for his own sake, and not from some good to ourselves that may result from pleasing him.

His pleasure is an infinite good in itself; that is, it is an infinite good to him. To make his pleasure therefore our end, is to do that which is becoming in us.

But 2. To make his pleasure our supreme end, that is, to care more to please him than to please ourselves, or more to please him than to please any and all other beings–to walk so as to please him, you must lay supreme stress upon his pleasure. To so live and walk as to please God is in all things to aim at meeting his approbation, meeting his wishes, fulfilling all his pleasure; to intend this, to have this in view, and make this the great motive of all our acting.

II. Why we should so live and walk as to please God.

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