Quiet Life 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Posted: November 2, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians, church,faith,family,God,god,jesus,Jesus
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(1Th 4:11) that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

(1Th 4:12) that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

that you also aspire to lead a quiet life Paul is telling them, don’t seek the limelight, don’t be divisive, don’t cause a scene. Live a quiet humble life. In the Old King James,  Paul says that ye study to be quiet. It’s not easy to live a quiet life. It’s something most of us have to work at.

to mind your own business This should come with leading a quiet life, but Paul throws it in because he must see that some of the Thessalonians are having a problem with being a busybody. He’s telling them to quit meddling in other peoples business that is no concern of theirs. He’s not saying, don’t give advise, or help when you’re needed, but rather wait until you’re asked, and then give your opinion.

work with your own hands, as we commanded you, Get a job, do something with your time! If you’re working you’re more likely to be minding your own business. Paul also recognizes that some of the Thessalonians think that now that they have Christ, there is no need to work. Take a look at 2 Thessalonians 3:11

(2Th 3:11) For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.

So before Paul even writes to them the second time he’s telling them; lead a quiet life, mind your own business, and get a job!

that you may walk properly toward those who are outside. We’re Christians and we need to act like Christ. Paul say’s this about it in Romans 13:13-14

(Rom 13:13) Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

(Rom 13:14) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

What we do in our own lives is a direct reflection on Christ. We need to be hard workers, quiet and humble. Not a drunkard or lewd and lustful, or full of strife or envious. When people look at us as a Christians they should be saying, I want that! They should see the love, the quiet life, the working hard. They should see Christ in us!

  1. Tanya Chandler says:

    Dear Sam,
    I have not written on your blog’s, however I have been in study with you on them from the beggining. I find it remarkable what you are doing, leading and teaching. You have helped me with your study in so many way’s there is not enough room to write. so let me say this…Please don’t stop, God has a very special plan for you as he does for us all!
    I cannot pick out a favorite blog, there are too many, but this one really struck me, as I used to be in the “lime light”, it was hard for me not to lead a quiet life. Hard not to want it back when I left it. Yes work, work, work at it and it become’s so easy.
    I will write more later. I am working in your study with First Timothy and I have also learned just of today that God wants me to study Isaiah. ” If you are willing and obedient; you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword;” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken”. Isaiah 1:19-20

    I love you,

  2. Kyle Cheng says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. =) This has just about become one of my favorite verses. x)

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