Do We Live godly!!!

monday blessings Matthew 5 16

 

Have A Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Do You Have godly Behavior!!!
1Thessalonians  5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Thessalonians  5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Thessalonians  5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1Thessalonians  5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1Thessalonians  5:12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
1Thessalonians  5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1Thessalonians  5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
1Thessalonians  5:15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1Thessalonians  5:16  Rejoice evermore.
1Thessalonians  5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Thessalonians  5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Thessalonians  5:19  Quench not the Spirit.
1Thessalonians  5:20  Despise not prophesyings.
1Thessalonians  5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Thessalonians  5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Thessalonians  5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Thessalonians  5:24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
1Thessalonians  5:25  Brethren, pray for us.
1Thessalonians  5:26  Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
1Thessalonians  5:27  I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
1Thessalonians  5:28  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Paul here in 1 Thessalonians is  explaining to us what godly behavior looks like. Paul gives us a list of things we should and should not be doing. All of this is for the purpose of believers to live life here  in ways that strengthen the Church. It recommends actions that can produce a healthy, growing fellowship.
1Thessalonians  5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1Thessalonians  5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1Thessalonians  5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
1Thessalonians  5:15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
We model godly behavior by the following:
Supporting hard working leaders.
When children fail to appreciate what parents do for them, we may overlook it because they are immature; but it shouldn’t be that way for Christian adults. The body of Christ are to appreciate their leaders. Churches should notice good behavior. It is stressful to serve in Church leadership, especially when the Lord is using you to preach things that people don’t want to hear. It is interesting that this is followed up with a call for peace. Building the Church requires peace. Are you an agent of peace in your Church body?   We need to ask ourselves are we encouraging to others or are we more of a discourager. Sometimes there are things we need to call out but do it according to the word of God.
We model godly behavior by:
Bringing out the best in others.
We might pray for a fully mature and problem-free church; but one sign of a growing, healthy church is the presence of immature persons in its fellowship. Griping about their presence is like a doctor griping about the presence of sick people in the waiting room. Unless someone is doing something unbiblical we need to learn how to deal with it. Encourage them properly, show them how to handle things biblically.
People with problems, (whether their problems are spiritual, emotional, or physical) need help. Yet, ministry to these people can be trying. They do not always respond well or quickly, even to those trying to help them. So, believers are to be “patient with everyone”. Patience can sound passive, like doing nothing; but the Church is not to ignore people with problems. Instead we are to try to help them just as God helped us in our sin. We help by introducing them to Jesus, by showing them godly love, by not responding to evil with evil acts of our own. We should be bringing out the best in them, not the worst. Sometimes by watching others behavior in a better more mature way people will follow after that behavior. I am not saying if someone is causing disorder, division then they need to be reprimanded by the leadership.
1Thessalonians  5:16  Rejoice evermore.
1Thessalonians  5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Thessalonians  5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Another Way to Model godly behavior:
Finding joy in the Lord.
God wants the best for us. This truth underlies the three brief commands in verses 16-18. Believers know God’s power and love. He has welcomed us into His family and given us a sure future. Thus, we rejoice, pray, and give thanks. God wants us to have a life of joy, full of reasons to offer thanks and sincere worship to Him. At all times and in all circumstances; we have reason to rejoice, worship, and give thanks. This includes giving thanks in the trials and sad times.
1Thessalonians  5:19  Quench not the Spirit.
1Thessalonians  5:20  Despise not prophesyings.
1Thessalonians  5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Thessalonians  5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
You model godly behavior by:

Following spiritual wisdom.
There have been some evangelist and preachers, mainly television evangelist, that have been exposed as frauds and the people that had been supporting them were really upset because they were tricked. They also use this as their reason for not trusting any preachers. Paul knew false teachers would infiltrate the Church and he argued against false teachings in several letters. Yet the true Gospel is also proclaimed in the Church and the people need to remain open to hear the Word of God.
We need to make sure we are in a Bible Believing, Bible Teaching true godly run church building. We have to be ready to receive the truth of his word and not look for the “feel good” preaching.
The 2 parallel statements in verses 19-20 urge the Church to remain open to the Spirit of God. Christians who “do not quench the Spirit” or “do not treat prophecies with contempt” can hear spiritual truth. I can assure you, if you come in here with a “bad attitude” don’t expect to leave with spiritual truths because you are quenching the Spirit and not only are you hurting your own spiritual walk; but you are hurting the Church. The Church also is responsible to listen with discernment. Anyone can claim to speak for God. Read and study God’s Word, don’t just take anyone’s word on it.
You model godly behavior by:
Depending on the Lord.
Paul gave great advice in this passage at promoting the health and growth of the Church; but he knew the best preachers, books, worldly programs were useless apart from the power of God. So, the prayer at the end of the letter highlights God’s provision for the work of the Church and in the life of the individual believer.
The prayer consists of two requests and an assurance. The requests were for God to sanctify and to guard or protect the believers. We who seek to obey God should not think we can do so in our own power. God is the One who sanctifies. He also preserves us. Our entire being is secure in His hands. This prayer assures us of God’s faithfulness. God will do what He has promised. Can we do less than respond with faithful obedience?
A series of brief commands conclude the letter.  Paul asked these “brothers and sisters” to pray for him and his fellow workers. As a Church family, we should always remember to pray for one another. Who else is going to pray for us? Friends and family greet each other in a variety of ways in various cultures. Some kiss, others hug, bow, or shake hands. Most important is to be praying for one another daily, and for our Pastors!!!
Paul next expressed his concern for other believers to hear the message directly. No priest stood between the people and their God or His messengers. Equal access to the Word implies equal responsibility to obey the Word.
The Lord , our precious Savior has been more than good to us, why can’t we live obediently to him. Lets not grieve him, but please him.

I’LL LIVE FOR HIM
My life, my love, I give to Thee,
Thou Lamb of God who died for me;
Oh, may I ever faithful be,
My Savior and my God! I’ll live for Him who died for me,
How happy then my life shall be!
I’ll live for Him who died for me,
My Savior and my God!I now believe Thou dost receive,
For Thou hast died that I might live;
And now henceforth I’ll trust to Thee,
My Savior and my God!
Oh, Thou who died on Calvary,
To save my soul and make me free;
I’ll consecrate my life to Thee,
My Savior and my God!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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