And now, beloved brothers and sisters, since you have been mentored by us with respect to living for God and pleasing him, I appeal to you in the name of the Lord Jesus with this request: keep faithfully growing through our teachings even more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 TPT
More is a determiner that reveals a greater or additional amount or degree of something than before, average or something else. Our text reveals the desire or hunger for more.
Beloved, the desire, drive or hunger for more is a propelling force of life to contend with, because, the more you have what you want, the more you’ll be left with a vague feeling of unfulfillment, questioning where’s the rest? — the more you’ll want more. The desire for more is always born out of the desire for fulfilment, though you’ll always be left with a vague feeling of unfulfillment, despite all your desires for more and the degrees of seeking pleasure for yourself. This is because what really will satisfy your spiritual hunger and thirst, and the things that you should seek more and more are, living to please God and loving each other [verses 1, 9–10]. However, you can’t live to please God without desiring and having more wisdom from Him, which aids you to judge impartially, speak honestly, stay loyal, show restraint and work hard [Proverbs:24: 25-26, 28-29, 33-34]. Similarly, you can’t have more wisdom from God without listening to His holy words [Jeremiah 23:9,29]. The call and craving to love God and others more and more, can’t be fulfilled without giving dignity to your body, because God is concerned about your body as well as your soul [vs. 3-5 ], living a beautiful and holy life [vs 7-8], loving each other and minding your own business [vs. 9-11], getting a job if you can and enjoying an endless hope, because no one can live well until he can die well [vs. 11-14].
Grace upon grace!
PRAYER: Everlasting Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who is at work within me, and who helps me to live a life that pleases You more and more. Help me in my weakness to live a holy life, of love, sexual purity, right ambition, hope and encouragement. Also help me to spend more and more time listening to and hearing Your Word, to grow in wisdom, impartiality, honesty, faithfulness, restraint and industry, as well as to daily live a life more and more loving, holy and pleasing to You, that’ll compel I others do the same, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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