Called to live holy lives.

Scripture:
God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. – 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

Observation:
Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church and encouraged them in his letter. He spoke to them of the good reputation that has spread throughout the Mediterranean area about the church. Thus, he gave them some instruction concerning the matter of living a pure and holy life before the pagans in order to demonstrate to the world what Godliness is.

Application:
In his instructions, Paul noted that people who refuse to live a holy and pure life are not refusing man’s teaching but God’s command. Jesus departed from this life to return to glory with the Father, but he sent us his Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all his truths. One such truth is that we are to live a pure and holy life, so that we can be holy as our God is holy (which happens to come from the OT).

Therefore, when you hear someone say, “It’s okay to sin;” don’t believe them. It is never okay to sin. Sin is the one thing that will separate mankind from God’s presence. Sin alienates us from God because God has no part in sin. Yes, we can ask God to forgive us of our sins, and he is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The problem then becomes that people think God’s grace is a license to continue to live in sin. Oh how contrary is that.

Again, it is one thing to disobey human teaching and “get away with it” in a sense; however, is there ever any possible way of getting away with anything from the One who causes it to rain on the just and the unjust and whose eyes roam the entire earth and who knows everything? I dare say not. You can’t and won’t ever get away with anything with God. Don’t be stubborn and stiff-necked. Learn to submit yourself under the mighty hand of God and then cast all your cares on him because he cares for you. He has only your best interest in mind.

Be holy as your God is holy. Enjoy the fruit of being obedient to God and demonstrate your love for him in doing so.

Prayer:
Father, you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, blessed is your holy name! To you belong all glory, honor, power, and praise. I hear from your most Holy Spirit that I am to ensure that I am living a holy life before you and before this world. My refusal to do so would not be bucking against human teaching but your own. Heaven forbid that I refuse to honor and obey the Lord, King, and Savior, who gave his all for me. I yield to you today and ask that you would continue to show me how to walk in your ways and to be your loving, obedient child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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