Two Things

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one 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; For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, (1 Thessalonians 4:1, 3-5, 7, 9, 10 ESV)

Here, Paul was writing to a two year old church facing difficulty in persecution,and confusion about certain doctrines.

In the midst of this, he urges the young church to grow in holiness and love.

Holiness and love that is not based on accomplishing a set of rules or practices, but based on identity and calling.

Your identity – A child of God, A disciple of Jesus, The temple of the Holy Spirit.

Your calling – To love God ,To let others experience His love (making disciples), to live in His ways.

In the midst of challenges, wouldn’t it be less confusing if we just knew who we really are and why we exist?

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