My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

1 Thessalonians 4

Don't cause a fuss!

Live to please God.  Control your lust and treat each other well.  If you reject these practices, you reject God, and he can punish you.

You're doing well already, but love each other, work hard, and don't cause a fuss, so that non-believers respect you.

Those who have died will rise at the end of time and be glorified with us.  So don't worry about them!

Key verse:
11.  make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands

My thoughts:
This kinda implies that we should just sit down, shut up, and not cause a fuss.  Which seems somewhat different to the life Jesus led.  I think, rather, that it is referring to a certain sort of person; a nosey gossip who doesn't know how to work properly.  I would suggest that Paul is warning us against such a lifestyle.

How does God punish us for our sins?  Because this passage quite clearly says that God will punish you for your sin.  Does this happen on this world or on the next?  Thoughts?


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