Being Loved by and Pleasing God


“This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew [3:17]



At Jesus’ baptism, God makes this powerful statement about Jesus. A statement that reflects God’s approval of the obedience of Christ to righteousness, and earthly submission to his solemn and sacred task on earth. Likewise, with our own earthly existence, we please God through our own desire of being righteous and our submission to the will of God. Our sometimes rebellious nature can recoil at this submission, but our submission gives us freedom to be both; what God desires for us and our internal desires. That which is; to be loving, joyful, peaceful, forbearing, kind, seekers of goodness, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.

Points of Reflection

  • What are the things in our lives that distract us from being the person God desires for us?
  • How does being submissive to the will of God give us freedom?
  • What are our desires for our lives?


Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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