Message Heard And Understood!
Read 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4
1Th 4:1 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 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: 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, 5 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 live a holy life.
Is there any question after reading this passage? Can we stay mired in sinful behaviors after we have accepted Christ as Savior? Once we become God’s children, can we continue to indulge in homosexual behaviors? Well, I guess we might temporarily do so, but not for long. Paul had some strong things to say about this subject in this passage.
- We are instructed to live in order to please God. Is there anything about same-sex sexual behaviors which please God? Uh, don’t think so!
- It is His will that we be sanctified. Does anything about giving in to same-sex attractions aid us in the process of sanctification? You know the answer.
- Paul wrote that we should avoid sexual immorality. You can write your own question and answer.
- We have to control our bodies in a way that is holy and honorable. Our society doesn’t teach us to do this. We can only do it as a love present to our Lord, because our world will applaud us rather than sanction us if we don’t.
- We are to avoid passionate lust. That’s how the heathen lives his life, not Christians. As children of the King, we can no longer live to please ourselves.
- No one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. That is exactly what we do when we engage another person in unholy actions.
- God does not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. We have no hope of living a holy life if we are engaged in same-sex sexual activities.
How can any person misinterpret or misunderstand this crystal clear message? How can a person call themselves Christian while leading an openly (or private) gay life? I know I can’t. There were times when I attempted to live that way and pretend that God was okay with it. It just didn’t work. The Holy Spirit continually reminded me of passages just like this one. God’s word is full of evidence which is contrary to what I wanted to believe.
Col 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Prayer: Lord, Your word and ways are just and holy. Your message is clear. You require that we listen to and adhere to Your word. Thank You for the patience You have shown in our lives, and thank You for not giving up on us.