Some seem to think that pleasure and the Christian life don’t mix—is that true? - Pleasure - TouchPoints

Some seem to think that pleasure and the Christian life don’t mix—is that true?

Psalm 16:11You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Psalm 37:44 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

John 10:10The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

The Lord created you to find pleasure in your relationship with him. The pleasures and blessings that come from knowing the Lord are one of the most wonderful parts of the Christian life.

Song of Songs 7:1-13Oh, how delightful you are, my beloved; how pleasant for utter delight!

God created husbands and wives to experience the intimate pleasures of marriage. Understanding and experiencing these pleasures as a married couple are also part of the Christian life.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11But as I looked at everything . . . it was all so meaningless . . .

Not all pleasure is good and often we pursue the wrong pleasures, those that ultimately harm us or that bring no meaning or purpose to life. As a result of pursuing the wrong pleasures, life will eventually seem meaningless when we discover we’ve been wasting our time chasing after what cannot actually satisfy our deepest needs..

Isaiah 5:11-13Destruction is certain for you who get up early to begin long drinking bouts . . .

Seeking pleasure in ungodly things is self-destructive. The pleasures that come from a self-serving attitude are harmful to yourself and to those around you. Listen for those times when God alerts you to the wilderness or desert environment in your life that your pursuit of worldly delights has taken you.

Luke 8:14but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.

Spiritual growth can be choked out by the pursuit of pleasures or the riches that promise pleasrues, if pleasure is the ultimate goal. Often your greatest growth comes when you must do without certain pleasures.

Romans 8:5-8That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God . . .

Living for the pleasures of our old nature does not please God. If you find yourself getting angry when you wonder if your pursuit of pleasures is pleasing to God you are likely resisting what God is telling you.

Psalm 1:1-2Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked . . . but they delight in doing everything the Lord wants . . .

The greatest pleasures come from pleasing God and experiencing the peace and joy that are the rewards of a faithful life. The voices around you may be persuasive, but they shouldn’t hold your attention like God’s Word.