1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (New Living Translation)

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1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, a we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. 2 For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. 3 God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control your body b and live in holiness and honor -- 5 not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways. 6 Never cheat a Christian brother in this matter by taking his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. 8 Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9 But I don't need to write to you about the Christian love c that should be shown among God's people. For God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, your love is already strong toward all the Christians d in all of Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we beg you to love them more and more. 11 This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. 12 As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs.
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