Thursday, March 28
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Additionally then, brothers and sisters, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received instruction from us on how you should live and please God—as you are doing—do this even more. 2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you keep away from sexual immorality, 4 that each of you knows how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not with lustful passions, like the Gentiles, who don’t know God. 6 This means one must not transgress against and take advantage of a brother or sister in this manner, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you. 7 For God has not called us to impurity but to live in holiness. 8 Consequently, anyone who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Though the Thessalonians’ faith was strong and they were growing in knowledge and in holiness, Paul encourages them to never stop. There is always more. God’s will isn’t complicated. We seek to honestly live and grow in holiness, never settling for compromise. To settle for a mediocre faith is to reject God.
Father, I want my faith to never stop growing. Cause me to see what’s possible and how I can be more and more like Jesus.
Have I begun to settle? Is there compromise in my life? Do I think I have come far enough in my maturity and holiness? How does this need to change?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.