Living to please God more and more

January 19th, 2012

Several years ago I shared some reflections on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 in a post titled, “Living to please God”. You can find it here. In this post I focussed on the following four thoughts…

  1. Live in purity (v3-8)
  2. Show brotherly love (v9-10)
  3. Be a good testimony (v11-12)
  4. Have hope in Christ’s return (v13-18)

This week I have been reflecting on this again. At first I wasn’t sure if I had posted about it before. I found it interesting that I came up with the same four points, but another thought really jumped out at me too.

The phrases found in verses 1 and 10 spoke to me. Verse 1 says, “Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”  In verse 10 it says, “we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more“.

The Greek word “Mallon” is used here in both verses for “more”. It means “more, much more, to a greater degree, better or in a greater way”. It is about growing and improving at living right and living to please God.

I just found this really interesting. Paul didn’t want the Thessalonians to be content and feel like they have made it, but he wanted them to keep striving to grow and improve in love and living right.

I think this is a good point for us today too.

God Bless,

Dave