1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (Today's New International Version)

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Living to Please God

1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters,1 we instructed you how to live2 in order to please God,3 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 know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God's will4 that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;5 4 that each of you should learn to control your own bodya6 in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust7 like the pagans,8 who do not know God;9 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.10 The Lord will punish11 all those who commit such sins,12 as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.13 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.14 9 Now about your love for one another15 we do not need to write to you,16 for you yourselves have been taught by God17 to love each other.18 10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia.19 Yet we urge you, dear friends, to do so more and more,20 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands,21 just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders22 and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
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