1 Thessalonians 4:6-8 “Don’t run roughshod over the concerns of your brothers and sisters. Their concerns are God’s concerns, and he will take care of them. We’ve warned you about this before. God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside.If you disregard this advice, you’re not offending your neighbors; you’re rejecting God, who is making you a gift of his Holy Spirit.”
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.
The reason we are to live Holy lives is so non-believers can see that there is something different about us and will want what we have. If we, as Christians, live like the world does, react to trials, problems and talk and walk like the world, then we are no better than the world. We show Christ in a bad light which is the goal of Satan and we are doing his work for him.
If, however, we strive to live in this world as Jesus did, responding with kindness, love, understanding, forgiveness, grace and mercy, we will draw non-believers to Him. All of this comes from keeping our hearts clean before God, asking forgiveness for ourselves, studying and not just reading God’s Word.
Don’t be a “spoon-fed” Christian, only receiving what you hear in Church on Sunday or relying on what you read in anyone’s blog. In order to grow and have deep internal knowledge of God’s word, to be able to share it, we have to dig into the Bible for ourselves. It is daily striving (work) to live Holy lives and remembering that The Holy Spirit is walking beside and working in us to help us live as shining examples of God’s Love to the world.
Let me put it another way, you can’t be a Surgeon by watching someone else do the surgery. You have to get into the textbooks and learn about the body, how and why it works and what will happen if you do or don’t do something. You don’t want to hear your surgeon say “You’ll be fine. Someone told me how to do this.”It’s the same with learning to live a holy life. You can’t learn if you don’t study.
Dictionary of Bible Themes states “Believers are enabled to grow in holiness on account of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, foreshadowed by the OT sacrificial system, and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.”
As you can see the rest of this devotional is set up a little differently than how I normally write. I have added the some of the resources that I used to get this devotional ready so that you can discover what God has to say to you personally. I am going to get out-of-the-way and let God talk for Himself.
Holiness through Jesus Christ: Through His sacrifice Heb 10:10 See also Eph 5:25-27; Col 1:22; Heb 1:3; Heb 9:13-14,23-28; Heb 10:14,19-22; Heb 13:12; 1Jn 1:7; 1Jn 2:2; 1Jn 4:10,
Holiness through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit: 2Th 2:13 See also Jn 3:5-8; Ro 15:16; 1Co 6:11; 1Th 4:7-8; Tit 3:5; 1Pe 1:2
The human response to holiness: Repentance 1Jn 1:9 See also Ezr 9:1-7; Ezr 10:1-4; Ps 51:1-10; Ac 2:38; Ro 6:11-13; Jas 4:8,
Faith Gal 5:5 See also Ro 1:17-18; 2Th 2:13, Obedience 1Pe 1:22 See also Ps 119:9; Jn 17:17; Ro 6:16-19
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009.
There are many other links going into greater details and broader subjects for your further study. For example, Leviticus 19-20 is God giving instructions to His people on how and why to live holy lives. I hope you enjoyed this study. Please let me know if you would like to see more like this occasionally.