1 Thessalonians 4:1 (KJV) 4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
It’s easy to understand our brothers and sisters who teach us and assure us that God loves us so much and is already pleased with us just as we are. Some believe this in the light of our relationship with our precious Lord Jesus, i.e., the Father loves His Son and is perfectly pleased with Him, and because we’re in Jesus, He’s also pleased with us. Others take it a little farther, i.e., with or without Jesus, He already loves us and is already pleased with us.
What’s my humble take? I believe God’s love for us is from everlasting to everlasting—this is even before our saving relationship with our precious Lord Jesus. It was because of His love that Jesus willingly came to save us and reconcile us to our heavenly Father. His pleasure is different. He has always loved us, but He’s not always pleased with us. I believe that if God is pleased with us in a constant and an unchanging way, meaning, He always loves us, it is only because of His pleasure in His Son.
Scriptures like the one above encourages us as His people to walk in a manner that pleases God. In fact, even when we already do, we’re encouraged to keep growing in it—to do so even more. This has to do with our practical daily living or walk with and in God. This makes it very clear that it’s possible, even for us believers, to displease God. In Christ, He’s always pleased with us; in our walk, we restfully and diligently strive to please Him. This isn’t a burden; as I’ve repeatedly stated: as children of God, we find our greatest pleasure in pleasing our Father.