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Pleasing God, Pleasing Others

I have been thinking, musing if you will, about how to live in the balance of what it means to "Please God" and how it intersects, or doesn't intersect, with pleasing others.  As a Christian I want my life to be ordered around doing things that will please God.  After all, it's scripture itself that reminds us of the necessity of ordering our private and public worlds to be lived in such a way that God is pleased with our lives.

For example, Paul in writing to the Corinthians sums up the goal of our lives in a simple sentence.

2 Corinthians 5:9
 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 

Later as he writes to the Galatians, he reminds them that there is no other Gospel other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is by grace through faith.  In defense of that Gospel, he writes:

Galatians 1:10
 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of …