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. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
IThessalonians 4 is a chapter dealing with the challenge to please God more and more. The church at Thessalonica was a good church by all accounts without many problems, but even in that, they were being challenged by God to focus on pleasing Him more.
We are to Please God with a Life that is Pure
We are commanded not to defile ourselves in the practices that are vile.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: (1Th 4:3)
God commanded them to abstain from fornication. The word translated fornication is a word where we get our English word for pornography.
We need to be reminded in this day of rampant immorality that sexual activity outside of marriage is sin! This needs to be taught to every teen, every young adult, every widow, and divorced person that to please God they must stay morally pure and abstain from fornication.
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Heb 13:4)
We need to stay pure in this area in obedience to the command
We need to stay pure in this area in obedience as a Christian (vs5)
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 1 Thessalonians 4:5
We need to stay pure in this area in obedience to a call (vs7)
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7
We are commended not to defile ourselves by the proper possessing of our vessels (vs4)
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; (1Th 4:4)
This means taking positive control of our body and spirits to rule over our flesh so we can stay pure.
We are to Please God with a Love that is Powerful
A powerful love is a love taught of God – to despise not (vs8)
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. (1Th 4:8)
Another way to put is that we are not to be a respecter , or disrespecter of persons.
Because of the INSTRUCTION of God
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. (Jas 2:8-9)
Because of the IMAGE of God
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen 1:27)
Because of the INCLUSIVENESS of God
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed,and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:28-29)
Let’s please God more and more…
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