1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 NLT

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.

References for 1 Thessalonians 4:1

    • g 4:1 - Greek <I>brothers;</I> also in 4:10, 13.
      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 --

      References for 1 Thessalonians 4:4

        • h 4:4 - Or <I>will know how to take a wife for himself;</I> Greek reads <I>will know how to possess his own vessel.</I>
          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.

          References for 1 Thessalonians 4:9

            • i 4:9 - Greek <I>brotherly love.</I>
              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.

              References for 1 Thessalonians 4:10

                • j 4:10 - Greek <I>the brothers.</I>
                  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.