1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
4 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Paul here is urging the believers in Thessalonica, in no uncertain terms, to live a life that is holy and pleasing to God. There is a clear call to lead a life that is pure as this honours God. Not living this way is to, in fact, reject God. So some rather hard hitting teaching here. Paul really spells out how a believer should go about their life and the importance of beauty on the inside as well as the outside.
This is really a call to living a righteous and holy life before God. Our behaviour can either attract or repel God – no Christian wants to repel God or upset the Holy Spirit! Our lives should look different to those who don’t have faith in Jesus. I am challenged by this passage – does my life say, “I know God?” Can people around me see that I honour God by the way I behave day in and day out? Certainly things to ponder and pray about.
Dear Lord, help me to live a life that is pleasing to you, a life that honours you consistently. Help me to be pure. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods