Living to please God.

Scripture:
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 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. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

Observation:
Paul wrote more to the Thessalonians and told them how they were living before God and man was how the apostles instructed them to do so. He encouraged them to continue living lives that pleased God because those that don’t will face the judgment of God for rebelling against his standard.

Application:
In this day when our nation’s leaders feel compelled to go against the ways of God and redefine holy statutes, then we need to ensure that we are living lives that please God. That path starts with faith, for the Hebraic author wrote that without faith it is impossible to please God. Thus, let us trust in him and live as he dictates, not as we see fit. His ways are the only way! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no god but GOD – JHVH! (Pay attention to the bolded words above!)

Prayer:
Father, help me to live a live that is pleasing to you at all times. I don’t want to reject the commands of the living God, for it is a fearful thing to fall into your hands. You have love and mercy for humanity and are patient for people to come to you through repentance and conversion, but you will not contend with mankind forever. You do have a limit and have set a day for the punishment of those who reject your gift of grace, love, and life. Have mercy upon us great God. We love you and adore you. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, not ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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