Vs. 1, “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, 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.” The worldly influence of the Roman culture was strong in the capital city of Thessalonica. This new way of life and holy living was new for these converts to the faith. Question: Why should we live a holy life? Our answer is found in the verse above: To please God. It is certainly possible to obey God, yet not please him. The prophet Jonah is an example of that. Yet, Paul is still reminding us that pleasing God is a part of His will for us (vs. 3). Another example in pleasing God is loving each other with a philia and agape love (vs. 9-10). There was a misunderstanding in the church that many thought Jesus would come soon, so they just gave up working (vs. 11-12). They were a young church, so Paul also had to reassure them of what would happen to believers when they die (vs. 13-15). Though we grieve death for a time, we realize that we will be reunited with other believers when Jesus returns (vs. 16-18).
Regarding application…Why Live Pure? Vs. 7, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” Because God said so. Because Jesus set the example. Because God created our bodies to be pure and holy. We live in a society that revels in the fact that we can “choose” our own way of living. You can choose abstinence, but schools and Government programs also offer safe sex products. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean we should follow the “herd” mentality. People are shocked that a single person by the age of thirty would still be able to claim they are virgins. This is the way of thinking that we are surrounded by. But, we must remember that God called us to live pure. When I married my wife at the age of 34, I was able to tell her before God that I was a virgin! Don’t allow the tempter or the world around you to influence your choice to honor the Lord!