“For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,”
We’re gonna chew on this first. God’s will: Be separated from the ideology of the world, i.e. how they do relationships, their views and opinions etc. and rather, be open and willing to be made pure so that you can live a holy life in God’s sight.
Paul specifically points out sexual sin in this verse. Why? Just as our current culture is obsessed with/worships sex, the culture in Thessalonica also worshiped sex. So this book speaks volumes in our day and age. Let’s continue.
4 That each one of you should know how to possess (control, manage) his own body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor,
God expects us to know how to control ourselves and our lusts, whereas the world will tell you you’re just animals so give in to the urges and have as much sex as you want.
Now I don’t disagree with having as much sex as you want, but when you’re married. Not when you’re single and spreading STI’s.
Purity in God’s sight is controlling your hormones and waiting until marriage. And a tip to help you stay pure is to separate yourself from the profane, i.e. promiscuous friends, sexual films and music, inappropriate jobs and places etc. (For more tips on how to stay pure, read this post ) *Side note: I’m not saying holding hands or hugging is evil. Brotherly affection is encouraged in Scripture as long as it’s not causing you to lust. You can hug a guy you like and hold hands without wanting to go any further.
5 Not [to be used] in the passion of lust like the heathen, who are ignorant of the true God and have no knowledge of His will,
Basically what I stated previously: not to splurge on your urges and have sex before marriage, because it is not God’s will for you.
6 That no man transgress and overreach his brother and defraud him in this matter or defraud his brother in business. For the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we have already warned you solemnly and told you plainly.
We’re not to convince our Christian boyfriend or girlfriend that it’s okay to have sex before marriage. God will avenge.
7 For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].
Give yourself whole-heartily to God’s will. Do what you must to establish and maintain purity.
8 Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure).
I think this Scripture’s pretty straight forward.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 is only one of many passages on sexual purity. God takes this very seriously. He wants to protect you. Please heed His warnings, and as always,
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