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1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Call to Sanctification

1 Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God-as you are doinga-do so even more. 2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is God's will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 so that each of you knows how to possess his own vesselb in sanctification and honor, 5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don't know God. 6 This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses,c as we also previously told and warned you. 7 For God has not called us to impurity, but to sanctification. 8 Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

Loving and Working

9 About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business,d and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properlye in the presence of outsidersf and not be dependent on anyone.g
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