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.
For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus.
God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin.
Then each of you will control your body b and live in holiness and honor --
not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.
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.
God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives.
Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died.
I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.
Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever.
So comfort and encourage each other with these words.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)