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“Who are you aiming to please?”

It’s Valentine’s Day and many want to be pleased.  Some have dreams of what they would like to see happen;  a romantic dinner, movie, a romantic get-away, a night out on the town,  or maybe some roses and chocolates.  All of these things are nice to receive and may be pleasing to you.  The question for today is; “Who are you aiming to please?”  Your answer may vary based on whether you are married or single.   The Bible speaks to both the married and unmarried about who we should aim to please.

I Corinthians 7:33-34 says; “But I want you to be without care.  He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord how he may please the Lord.  But he who is married cares about the things of the world how he may please his wife.  There is a difference between a wife and a virgin.  The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit.  But she who is married cares about the things of the world how she may please her husband.  

Let’s look at the meaning of the word please.   To please is to cause to feel happy and satisfied.  It also means to take only one’s own wishes into consideration in deciding how to act or proceed.  So as singles, your number one focus should be to please the Lord in body and in spirit.  Ask yourself;  “Is what I am about to do pleasing to the Lord?” “Are my thoughts pleasing to the Lord?”   Finding ways to please the Lord should be your number one desire.  Your devotion should be to the Lord and your desire should be to please Him in every way.

Yes, married people should aim to please the Lord too, but their focus is divided with the cares of the world and in pleasing their spouse.  Imagine how different marriages would be if every husband really aimed to please his wife and if every wife aimed to really please her husband.  Are you aiming to please?   Do the things that you know brings pleasure to your husband/wife (providing it’s nothing that is contrary to the Word of God) and God will be pleased.   Marriages are stronger and more satisfying when each spouse is pleased.

I pray right now for a pleasing spirit to come over every reader.  May we all aim to please God and may every married person aim to please their spouse.  In Jesus’ Name Amen!

 

Until next time . . .

 

Carolyn

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2 thoughts on ““Who are you aiming to please?”

  1. Ebonee Brown on said:

    This article was just a reminder that I’m on the path to doing what pleases God. I’ve been single for over 5 years but wanted what would please my flesh and doing things the world way. But now I can honestly say that it’s refreshing to even think about pleasing the Lord. And the closer I draw near Him the more He makes me feel loved. I use to be bitter on this day but since my focused shift I feel content and I’ll be serving the Lord today which brings me excitement. Thank you for the article because it can get hard as a single.

  2. love this!

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