Sanctified to Glorify God…

Read: 1 Thessalonians 1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3 Marked: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

Hollywood and the recording industry aren’t the standard for moral living. The Word of God is. If Hollywood can push the boundaries of sex, it will, along with the recording industry, to encourage immoral living.

But we are encouraged to please God in Scripture by walking (doing life) according to His standard in which we should abound more and more. This word is used of a flower going from bud to full bloom. God’s will is that we become sanctified, purified, and set apart and includes how we deal with sex.

In 1 Corinthians 6:18 Paul reminds us that sin is usually an outward act. But sexual immorality is an inward act. We are to glorify God with our bodies not only outwardly but inwardly because our bodies belong to God. We are the temple of God and the temple was the place set apart from the world.

We are not to imitate the world with our bodies but imitate the sacredness and sanctity present in the temple of God.