|Greetings from Budapest.|
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
The key elements of godly behavior mentioned in this passage:
- Rejoicing in all circumstances.
- Testing what is taught (see Politely Skeptical for more on this).
The elements warned against are:
- Futile, dark thinking—the kind of thinking that the man without the Spirit has, the kind of thinking that leads to dark and ungodly actions.
- As we put off our “old self”—our unsaved human nature, and put on our “new self” our saved and transformed nature, we are able to do what is right.
- This is a process involving our willing participation and God’s transforming power.
- Both actions and speech are mentioned in these verses because they both reflect our heart attitudes.
- Verses 30-32 are great memory verses.
- Notice how completely God gives His love only to be rejected.
- Note that God doesn't punish wrongdoing until He has given many opportunities and patient reminders.
- He knows the point in time when punishment will bring some men to their senses and reveal the resistant rebellion of others.
These are my insights from studying these passages, but I'd love to hear yours in a comment. God bless you all. I'm still writing/publishing Bite Size Bible Study from Budapest, and although I don't have reliable internet access, I love hearing from all of my readers and Bible study followers. Gail
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