It is God’s will(A) that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;(B) that each of you should learn to control your own body[a](C) in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust(D) like the pagans,(E) who do not know God;(F) and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b](G) The Lord will punish(H) all those who commit such sins,(I) as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.(J) Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.(K)

Now about your love for one another(L) we do not need to write to you,(M) for you yourselves have been taught by God(N) to love each other.(O) 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.(P) Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,(Q)

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or learn to live with your own wife; or learn to acquire a wife
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.

13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.(A)

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15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,(A) but always strive to do what is good for each other(B) and for everyone else.

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