Colossians 1:10 says, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Paul’s prayer for the church in Colosse is a great way for us to pray for others.
Here are two ways that displease the Lord. Things that are evil in His eyes. They are traps of satan that we want to avoid. They are effective weapons in his arsenal against us.
2. Speaking against others
Numbers 11:1 says, “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned against them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.”
Numbers 12:8-10 says, “…Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses? So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous…”
The fruit of their complaining, and Aaron and Miriam speaking against Moses was the same: God’s swift judgment. We reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.”
Thoughts always precede actions. Therefore, to please the Lord, begins with our thoughts. Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” The Lord is the only One who hears the meditation of our heart. Others hear our words from our meditation.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.” Psalm 141:3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Wise prayers.
James 3:8 says that our tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Verses 9-10 explain. They say, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” Verse 20 says that they defile us. Inner defilement is satan’s goal. Don’t give him that opportunity. Ephesians 4:27 says, “Nor give place to the devil.” Don’t give him that foothold into your heart.
I love David’s words. Let’s make them our prayer as well. Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”