What Distinguishes Believers from Those in Darkness?
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)

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Respect for spiritual leaders (1 Thess. 5:12-13)

Willingness to follow several imperatives (1 Thess. 5:14-22)

  1. Live in peace with others (see 1 Thess. 5:13).
  2. Admonish those walking out of step with God's Word.
  3. Console the timid, the fearful, and those without courage.
  4. Uphold those who lack moral or spiritual strength.
  5. Be long-tempered with everyone.
  6. See to it that no one repays evil with evil.
  7. Diligently pursue what is good for believers (and for everyone).
  8. Maintain a continual attitude of rejoicing in all circumstances,
  9. ... worshipping God and praying uninterruptedly,
  10. ... and giving thanks under all conditions.
  11. Do not suppress the leading of the Holy Spirit within you.
  12. Do not downplay what is spoken as being from God.
  13. Thoroughly examine what is spoken as from God and approve it only after careful testing.
  14. Own or hold fast to what is good.
  15. Keep your distance from every kind of evil, even from what might appear to others as evil.

What makes it possible for believers to follow these imperatives? (1 Thess. 5:23-24)

Paul's final requests (1 Thess. 5:25-28)

Points of Application: