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. (1 Thessalonians 4:1 NIV)
The people were instructed how to live, the leaders in their lives gave them specific instruction and this chapter deals with that as a reminder. What we instruct as leaders needs to be modeled, reminded and encouraged. You can’t just say it, you have to live it, remind it and encourage it.
Paul…urge you in The Lord to do this more and more. Live it! The way we live matters!
A – application
We need to take out instruction in holy living into self-examination. I need to be a model, I need to encourage and remind those I lead that this is the way to live. What we encourage we will live out!
Lord help me to not only talk about living to please you, but rather model it and encourage it..