Thursday, October 1, 2009

5 Reasons for Purity on a Thursday

This world offers many opportunities for failing at purity. Fortunately God offers countless reasons to fight for your purity. Here are 5 of them from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8.
  1. Purity is God's will for your life, and God's will is always the best way to live (v. 3, 7).
  2. Impurity is a sign that you are not a follower of Christ (v. 5).
  3. Impurity damages, wrongs, and hurts those you are impure with (v. 6).
  4. God is the avenger of those damaged, wronged, and hurt by your impurity (v. 6).
  5. Disregarding God's call to purity is rebellion against God himself (v. 8).
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. 2For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6that 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. 7For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. (ESV)

1 comment:

  1. Good words, Jeremy--and good exposition, as I don't often hear verses 6-8 explained in light of the preceding ones.