1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, 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. 1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
2 For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. 3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor -- 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways. 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
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. 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
7 God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
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. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 But I don't need to write to you about the Christian love that should be shown among God's people. For God himself has taught you to love one another. 9 Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
10 Indeed, your love is already strong toward all the Christians in all of Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we beg you to love them more and more. 10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so 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. 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
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. 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.