Today, we’ll end the week by looking at what other Bible passages have to say about a proper view of pleasure.
(Psa 16:11) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
(Psa 36:8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
(Psa 103:2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; (5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(Mar 4:18) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, (19) And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
(Joh 10:10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
Jam 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
(3Jo 1:2) Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
A few principles are apparent from today’s Bible readings. First, it’s plain the God isn’t anti-pleasure. He wants us to enjoy the gifts He gives, and to enjoy Him. He wants us to find pleasure in the right things. Some Christians need to aquire better tates in pleasure.
It’s important, too, that we don’t get distracted by the gifts God gives us. He wants us to appreciate the gifts and the Giver, but to not let the fun we have draw us away from God. He doesn’t want our enjoyment pleasure to keep us from doing what we ought to do.
What About You?
- Are you enjoying the blessings God has given you?
- Have you become distracted by your desire for pleasure?
- When you have to decide between enjoying pleasure and obeying God, which do you choose?