Are you a list maker? I am! I have lists for daily chores, lists for birthday and Christmas cards, address lists, grocery lists, and so on. This morning I read 1 Thessalonians and came across what could be one of the most lengthy lists in the Bible of how to live this life with Jesus in command. Are you ready for this?
There can be no hidden agendas in our lives.
We cannot use God’s Word or our own to create a ‘smoke screen’ that takes advantage of another Believer.
We are not to patronize or be condescending. We are to simply love and encourage others with every word, action, and deed.
Honor God by taking care of yourself. This verse is directed to the physical care of your body but I know God means every part of ourselves… physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are to be as beautiful inside as we try to be outside.
Right in the middle of Chapter 4 Paul tells the Thessalonicans to stay calm, mind your own business, and do your own job. Why? So others will see Jesus in us and want that for themselves.
Be cheerful. Be thankful. Pray, all the time.
There are some don’ts in here also. Most importantly (at least to me), we are not to believe everything we hear or read. We’re to check it out, research it if necessary, and keep only the good. When we’re in tune with the Spirit, He tells us when something isn’t right. (It’s that uncomfortable feeling you get when something is said or done that isn’t quite right.) That’s when we go back to pray often.
There’s some really great stuff here…don’t you agree?
Blessings to you and yours!