The Disease To Please

Michael K Personal Development, Spirituality 4 Comments

“If they be…men pleasers or men fearers…they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.” –E.M. Bounds

Do you expect applause from others?

It’s a question that truly only you can answer.

And your answer has less to do with “what you’re doing” than it does “why you’re doing it.”


Do you subconsciously seek it?… Do you expect it?…

Are you disappointed when instead of it, you receive its negative manifestation?—CRITICISM

The answer to these questions speaks to the condition of your soul.

True soul health is rooted in seeking our applause from the proper source.

And what’s the proper source?



Because He’s the only One even capable of judging us relative to our full potential and to all that He’s called us to be.

And fortunately, His applause isn’t based on what we doit’s based on who we are.

God’s approval of us is relational, not transactional.

In Matthew 3:17, before Jesus had performed a single miracle in ministry, God expressed that He was well pleased with Him.


Because Jesus was His Son…and God’s applause wasn’t based on what Jesus had done…it was based on who He was.

Don’t let the disease to please men infect your soul.

Don’t let it poison your motives and your emotions.

Those who do won’t change the world.

Michael KThe Disease To Please

Comments 4

  1. Derrick Strickland

    Dang Mike!!!
    You are all up in my business with this one. I was feeling as if my higher level managers were rejecting me at work this week because I wasn’t getting the usually “round of applause.” I’m learning how to not look for or depend on that false sense of acceptance. It’s been a very bad habit of mine. Besides, Words of Affirmation is my love language. Hmmm

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      Michael K

      Wow Derek!! So glad to hear that the info helped you to stay on the right course!! Applause is still an area of my soul that I’m continually trying to develop too!! Keep up the good work bro!

  2. Jennifer Dickens

    Great word Michael K!We should only live to please God and we can not do that without a relationship with HIM

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