Living To Please God
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live
In order to please God,
As in fact you are living.
Now we ask you and Urge you in the Lord Jesus
To do this more and more.
2 You know what instruction we gave you
By the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 IT IS GOD'S WILL THAT YOU SHOULD BE HOLY;
That you should avoid Sexual Immorality;
4 That each of you should learn to control his own body
IN A WAY THAT IS HOLY AND HONORABLE,
NOT IN PASSIONATE LUST LIKE THE HEATHEN,
WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD;
6 And that in this matter
No one should wrong his brother
Or take advantage of him.
THE LORD WILL PUNISH MEN FOR ALL SUCH SINS,
As we have already told you and Warned you.
7 FOR GOD DID NOT CALL US TO BE IMPURE,
BUT TO LOVE A HOLY LIFE.
8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction
Does not reject man but God,
WHO GIVES YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
9 Now about brotherly love
We do not need to write to you,
FOR YOU YOURSELVES HAVE BEEN TAUGHT BY GOD
TO LOVE EACH OTHER.
10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Yet we Urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
To mind your own business
And to work with our hands,
Just as we told you,
12 SO THAT YOUR DAILY LIFE
MAY WIN THE RESPECT OF OUTSIDERS
AND SO YOU WILL NOT BE DEPENDENT ON ANYBODY.
The Coming Of The Lord
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be Ignorant
About those who fall asleep,
Or to Grieve like the rest of men,
WHO HAVE NO HOPE.
14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again
And so we believe that God will bring with Jesus
Those who have fallen asleep IN HIM.
15 According to the Lord's own Word,
We tell you that we who are still alive,
Who are left till the Coming of the Lord,
Will certainly not precede
Those who have fallen asleep.
16 FOR THE LORD HIMSELF
WILL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN,
WITH A LOUD COMMAND,
WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL
AND WITH THE TRUMPET CALL OF GOD,
AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.
17 AFTER THAT, WE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE AND ARE LEFT
WILL BE CAUGHT UP WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS
TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR.
AN SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER.
18 Therefore, encourage each other with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4)