1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Verse 7. “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness.” When he called us to be his followers, it was not that we should lead lives of impurity, but of holiness and fulfil the purposes for which we were called into his kingdom.
The word uncleanness means: impurity, filth; and then, in a moral sense polluted, the opposite of purity, Romans 1:24; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19; 5:3; Colossians 3:5.
Verse 12. “That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without.” It does not refer to honesty only in business, but to their general treatment of those who were not professing Christians (those outside the church).
They were to conduct themselves towards them in a Christ like manner; to be honest with them; to be faithful to their actions; to be kind and courteous in their relationships; to show respect where it was due; and to endeavour to do them good.
There are few precepts of our faith more important than those which we as Christians have toward others. That is proper treatment of those who are not connected with the church. We need to learn that it is the duty of a Christian to live as not to be dependent on others, unless we is made so by the Providence of God which we cannot foresee or control.
No man should be dependent on others as the result of lazy habits; of reckless spending and carelessness; of the neglect of his own responsibilities, and of meddling with that of others. If by reason of old age, sickness, we are made dependent, we cannot be blamed, and we should not fret at our lot in life.
One of the ways in which a Christian can always do good in society, and honour his faith, is by faithful and patient service, and by showing that Christianity offers the fulfillment that people in the world are looking for.
Let me say in conclusion that God is pleased with what a Christian does in faith because, “The Lord taketh pleasure in His people.”
Also, it is required of a Christian to increase in godliness, “So ye would abound yet more and more.” Paul recognizes that they have already begun their walk and admonishes them of the necessity of making further increase in holy walking.
Next, we will learn FOUR WAYS IN WHICH TO WALK HOLY.