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Oct 10, 2021

People-Pleasing God's Way

Passage: Romans 15:1-6

Preacher: John Repsold

Series: Romans

Keywords: love, strong, boundaries, weak, reproach, unity in christ, people-pleasing, carrying others


People-pleasing is usually not a healthy thing...unless it is commanded by God, done Christ's way and for the right reasons. This message looks at God's command to both stronger and weaker believers as to how to care more for the true needs of others rather than our own desires.


People-Pleasing God’s Way

Romans 15:1-6

October 10, 2021


Ever had to lead a discussion or teach a class on something that is one of your faults or weaknesses?  That’s how I feel about this morning’s message.  It was all I could do to put today’s message title on this passage. 

            We’re all somewhat products of our past, especially those parts where we responded to pain in ways that may have led us down less-than-healthy paths.  For me, one of those paths was “people-pleasing.”  As the youngest of 5 children, I had the ‘benefit’ of watching how my older siblings navigated life.  Some of them chose the rebel-route.  Some of them chose the isolation route.  Some chose the confrontational route. 

            In my child-like naiveté, I chose the “people-pleasing” route.  Not overly impressed as a youngster with the pain and hardship I saw other routes costing my siblings, in my childlike mind, I figured that trying to make everyone around me happy through morphing myself to their expectations was the way I was going to control the somewhat unpredictable world around me.  So I became a “people-pleaser.” 

            The reality is, however, that people-pleasing, like other coping mechanisms such as rebellion or radical independence or quiet isolation is, at times effective and at other times not.  People-pleasing has its own set of dysfunctional consequences, just like all the other coping mechanisms we like to build our lives around. (If you want to know what they are, just hang around me for a while!