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May 31 – June 1, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Thessalonians? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Thessalonians 4 (ESV)

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you......Continue Reading

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  1. 1Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

  2. 13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep

  3. What a powerful chapter. Three reasons are given here for avoiding sexual immorality, any sexual expression outside of the confines of marriage. First, in doing so we hurt other people or wrong them as expressed here. Think about the damage that has been done in our society from wrong sexual expression. Selfish passion cares little for anyone else. That’s why we have to control our bodies and not act in passionate lust. The second reason is because God will punish all such sins because of its destructive nature and strong control. Naturally that punishment is expressed as discipline for the believer in Jesus which flows from God’s love and our need for a smack upside the head every now and then. And the third reason is because God has called us to something far better. We will find that holiness is its own reward once we surrender to it. What wise words to a world that is consumed with lust.

    And I like this encouragement to love, and knowing that they are doing that, to do it more and more. We can rarely go wrong to ere on the side of love. But we should also work hard, take responsibility for ourselves and do so in a way that is appealing to the outside world.

    And what a tremendous encouragement that we will eventually be called into Jesus’ presence and live with Him forever. Great words to be encouraged by and encourage each other with!

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