Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holy Living Is Not An Option

1Th 4:1  Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.
1Th 4:2  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
1Th 4:4  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
1Th 4:5  not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
1Th 4:6  that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 
1Th 4:7  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 
1Th 4:8  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 

The will of God is shown in His commands, namely here, to walk in obedience of a holy life. This truth is knowable and is a command. It is not optional. God  does not allow for the excuse of imperfection, being human, He doesn't not say to merely try if you can, He does not allow for an excuse for not obeying. Rather, what God demands is holy living from the heart, having self control, honor, and thinking of others so as not to defraud your brother. To disregard this command of holy living is to disregard God. It is NOT optional.

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