Living to please God

September 19th, 2008

I was reading the New Testament book of 1 Thessalonians this morning. The heading for chapter four is “Living to please God”. It grabbed my attention.

It is interesting that when you read through this chapter it naturally breaks into four paragraphs that tell us how to please God in the way we live. Here are the four headings that I gave it.

1. Live in purity – Verses 3-8 tell us that we should live a sanctified life (set apart for God). It says we should avoid sexual immorality, be controlled and not take advantage of our neighbours. Verse 7 tells us why. “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life”.

2. Show brotherly love – Verses 9-10 tell us the importance of brotherly love. It says that we should try to love each other more and more. At the heart of brotherly love is caring for others, helping them when in need and showing respect.

3. Be a good testimony – Verses 11-12 talks about living a quiet life and minding your own business. It also says that we should work with our hands so we are not dependent of anyone. If we do these things we will earn the respect of others and have a good reputation in our community.

4. Have hope – Verses 13-18 talks about Jesus return and those who have already died in Christ. It says we should look forward to the future with hope and expectation that we will be with the Lord forever. Verse 18 reminds us that we should encourage each other with these words.

If you want to live a life that pleases God, this passage gives us four things you can do. Live in purity, show brotherly love, be a good testimony and look forward to Christ’s return with hope.

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