Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God—as you are doing —do so even more.For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor,not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God. – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Thessalonians4:1-5&version=HCSB
Prude, self-righteous, hypocrite, cruel, judgemental, liar, these are but a few of the accusations hurled at Christian folk today. In a world gone completely mad with lust, greed, hate and violent intent is it any wonder that pleasing oneself is the highest ideal? The verses above bear a silent testimony to the utter lack or loss of that most difficult to understand “fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we finally, if ever, come to the place of merely believing in Jesus and hungering to the point of desperation for His promised Spirit that we at last comprehend what the term “living sacrifice” means (Romans 12:2) we are at last ready as we wait and pray to experience our very personal Pentecost.