Pleasure: Godly or Guilty?

Part 2

Last week, we began our study on godly pleasure. So far, we’ve discovered that, in a broad sense, godly pleasure comes from loving, obeying, and adoring God. Let’s see what we find today.

Ecclesiastes 2:1

Pleasure or mirth for the sake of pleasing yourself is guilty pleasure. Starting with a banger.

Ecclesiastes 5:4

God has no pleasure in foolishness. Foolishness is a guilty pleasure. Note that this is not silliness. Foolishness is the activity of fools. Read the book of Proverbs for this definition.

Ecclesiastes 12:1

Godly pleasure comes from meditation on the Creator.

Isaiah 21:4

Guilty pleasures cause fear.

Isaiah 46:10

Godly pleasure is upholding the wisdom of God.

Isaiah 58:13

Godly pleasure is denying yourself and doing God’s will.

Jeremiah 22:28

Guilty pleasure comes from living in disobedience.

Jeremiah 34:16

Guilty pleasures are swearing, taking the LORD’s Name in vain, and hypocrisy.

Ezekiel 16:37a

Adultery, idolatry (love of anything more than God), and hatred are all guilty pleasures.

Ezekiel 18:23

God takes pleasure in the wicked coming to repentance. (Ezekiel 18:32; 33:11)

Malachi 1:10

Hypocrisy and false sacrifices displease God. All guilty pleasures.

Luke 12:32

Focusing on the Kingdom is godly pleasure.

Acts 24:27

Guilty pleasure is obscuring justice.

Romans 1:26-32

Guilty pleasures are homosexuality, lust, ignoring God, unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil thoughts, gossip, slander, God-haters, violence, pride, arrogance, disobedience, foolishness, unfaithfulness, coldness, unforgiveness, and mercilessness.

2 Corinthians 12:10

Godly pleasure is in Christ’s strength through distress, reproach, persecution, sickness, and weakness.

Philippians 2:13

Sanctification is godly pleasure.

2 Thessalonians 2:12

Guilty pleasure is rooted in unrighteousness and the lie.

1 Timothy 5:6

Idleness is an ungodly, and therefore guilty, pleasure.

Hebrews 11:6

There is godly pleasure in faith, belief, and diligence.

James 5:5

Indulgence (or over-indulgence) is a guilty pleasure.

2 Peter 2:13

Rioting, unrighteousness, and deception are guilty pleasures.

If something displeases God, it can’t be godly. I’ve been calling them guilty pleasures because, when we displease God, we are guilty. Our pleasure makes us guilty when we don’t or can’t glorify Him through it. Take some time to analyze your daily pleasures. Are there some guilty pleasures that have become a habit? Habits you need to break? God is pleased when we repent, and obedience to Him will both please Him and break those habits. Love Him. Adore Him. Obey Him. That’s how to have godly pleasure. Anything else makes us guilty.

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