Scripture Song of Galatians 1:10
“For Do I Now Persuade Men Or God?”
Commentary on Galatians 1:10
by Hebron Christian Fellowship
Paul states clearly here that he lives to please God, not men, yet elsewhere he writes: "Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved" (1 Co. 10:33). In order to reconcile these thoughts, we need to understand that when we truly love and obey God, love for our fellow man will flow out naturally, just as water flows downhill (John 7:38). We will never give unnecessary offence, but neither will we fail to speak the truth in love.
Think back on those people who have had the greatest influence for good in your own life. Were they those who told you what you wanted to hear and stroked your ego? Or were they the pastors, teachers, friends or family members who told you the truth, even when it hurt them and you, and challenged you to do better? Grace and truth, first brought into this world by the Lord Jesus (John 1:17), still go hand in hand. Live to please God, and you will have not only his pleasure, but the pleasure of the redeemed souls of men where it counts - and where it lasts forever.
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- For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.