1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 – August 4
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 – Living to Please God
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.
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
There’s Always Room For More | Becky Newman
1 Thessalonians 4:1
Paul shares his discipling plan in 1 Thessalonians 2:12: (1) encourage, (2) comfort, and (3) urge to live a life pleasing to God and worthy of His Kingdom. Here, he is encouraging and urging. He is talking to the church of believers; they have already accepted salvation and are now in the process of sanctification, and in the process of sanctification there is always room for more — more pleasing God, more God and less me, more love and peace and patience and all those fruits of the Spirit.
I pray this over my family almost every day, that our actions would please God today, but there’s always room for more because I know all of my actions don’t please God. What if I remembered to ask that question in every choice before I made it–will this please God? In the heat of the moment, I know I’ve made the decision not to please God (e.g., I’m so mad that I’m going to keep screaming like a crazy woman at the kids even though I know it doesn’t show them Your love). That’s when I need more of verse 4 — self-control.
Please forgive me for the too many times I’ve chosen to spiral out of control and not please You, especially when I’ve knowingly made this choice. Help me to please You. May the words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart, and my actions be pleasing in Your sight (Psalm 19:14), more and more each day.
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