Galatians 1:10 Paul says, Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ.. It’s either/or. Paul used to be a people pleaser before God saved him. He was upwardly mobile in Judaism beyond his age. Doing anything to please his leaders, imprisoning and even murdering Christians. Now this church had accepted false teaching and he was correcting it but he was not very popular for it.
People pleasing can be a dangerous thing to do. Some learn to do this as a way to make it in life. They were told they made others angry or they were bad or dumb etc. Pleasing people gets us in trouble and makes us do things we know are wrong. We should concentrate on pleasing God. Nobody is responsible for the happiness of someone else. I didn’t say only please yourself or be rude either. Do you feel controlled or out of control? Serve Christ, obey His Word and trust Him for your life and peace.