Called to Holiness!
Scripture reading for September 17th: Proverbs 29-31; Ecclesiastes 1; 1st Thessalonians 4
Key Scriptures: 1st Thessalonians 4:3-7 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
The idols that the Thessalonians once served promoted sexual immorality. Their culture was very permissive. But Paul’s pastoral warning stood against this pervading sin in the culture. He was proactive and now reinforcing what he had earlier taught them. God would avenge all wrong of sisters and brothers through immorality! God calls all to holiness.
Proverbs 29:1 “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”
Proverbs 30:20 “This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your loving reproof and solemn warnings against this sin of immorality. May I live to truly love You and as a result, my brothers and sisters, never violating them. Amen.