(8). ďTherefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.Ē The word, ďrejectĒ means to treat with utter contempt. Some of you may feel like this message is cramping your style. You might not like what Iím saying. Donít get mad at me; direct your anger towards the Almighty. Your complaint is not with the church; itís with Christ.


God gives us the Holy Spirit to enable and empower us. Galatians 6:16: ďSo I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.Ē Some of you have tried to stop your sexual activity on your own and youíve realized quickly that you canít. The Spirit is the Holy One, who consecrates us to holiness. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit; as you submit and surrender to Him daily, He will bring a harvest of righteousness into your life.


Be Harmonious By Loving One Another


As we come to verses 9-10, we move from holiness to harmony: ďNow about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.Ē The more we live like God, the more we will love one another. Once again, Paul applauds them for yet another evidence of their faith. As they grew in their discipleship, their love grew for one another. They experienced this love as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. They not only loved those in their church, they were known as lovers of people in the entire region of Macedonia. Our growing relationship with God will result in growing relationships with others.


One of the best ways to avoid sexual immorality is to look at members of the opposite sex who know Jesus as brothers and sisters in Christ. We can demonstrate real love by treating each other as family. Believers are not sex objects, but objects of the Saviorís love. We are called to do whatever we can to build believers up in their faith, by loving them as much as God loves us. Guys, when you look at a Christian fox, you are looking at your sister in Christ. Girls, when you gaze at a holy hunk, he is first and foremost your fellow family member.


Verse 10 challenges us to not ever slow down in our love. We might be doing OK, but itís always short of where we should be. In the area of love, we can never sit back and feel like weíve done enough.


Be Honest By Lighting the Outsider


Be holy by living in purity. Be harmonious by loving one another. The final theme of this passage is to be honest by lighting the outsider. Look at verses 11-12: ďMake it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.Ē Our ultimate ambition, the driving force of our life, should be to shine the light of the gospel on those who are still on the ďoutside.Ē
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