I Thessalonians 4:1-8
We please God when we live sanctified lives: self-controlled, pure and holy, that honors Him.
1. As Jesusâ€™ followers, our first calling is to love and please God by being sanctified. (verses 1-2)
Sanctified = Set apart; made holy
Leviticus 11:44-45 > I Peter 1:14-15
I Thessalonians 5:23-24
2. We must avoid sexual immorality, be self controlled, so that we are pure and do not wrong anyone in this. (verses 3-7)
Sexual immorality = Sex without Godâ€™s permission
Genesis 2:24 > I Corinthians 6:18-20
3. When we violate these instructions we are rejecting Godâ€™s command and He will punish us for such sins. (verse 8)
To love and please God is our primary motivation, but His punishment is the secondary motivation!