- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4
Life that is pleasing to God.
“So then,” (v.1) relates to the main instruction portion in the previous chapters.
Apostle Paul instructed Thessalonian church to live a life to please God.
Sanctified life (3-8) — He emphasized the importance of holiness (v.3, 4, 7), purity of life, holy life as the call because it was believed that impure life was a standard feature of Gentile society in Thessalonica that time. Apostle Paul commanded self-control in a way that avoided impure life. “Holy Spirit,” (v8) gives believers the power to resist it.
Love more (9-12) — The best way to achieve a community of sanctification was by strengthening the bonds of love within the community, which strengthened them by caring for each other. “even more,” was a call for love beyond the Christian community. “to lead a quiet life,” (v.11) referred to living peacefully and responsibly as the members of the society. “work with your hands,” implied that some Thessalonian people had quitted their jobs or business because they expected Jesus to return soon, or they quitted working to devote themselves to evangelism, thinking they were better than other believers who continued working to make a living. Apostle Paul insisted on the value of work as a public witness.
Hope of resurrection (13-18) — This section described Jesus’ return and responds to a concern raised by the Thessalonian congregation. Some were grieved over the dead because they believed that they had not expected to die before Jesus’ return. They wondered if the dead would remain separated from Christ. Apostle Paul’s answer was this; Believers who have died would be the first to be returned with the Lord when he returns. It was a message of hope. In his other letter he said, “You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:3-4)
Hope of life in Christ Jesus either died or live.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.