I Thess. 4:8. “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, Who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.”
This verse serves as a wrap-up for this passage on moral purity. It is so simple, yet so profound. The God Who demands moral purity of believers is the God Who has given the the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us live as God has commanded. The most important word in this passage is Holy. How easily we forget, ignore, or minimize the importance of the holiness of God; of the holiness with which He commands us to live. Because the demands of our own desires seem so important to us, we choose to rationalize our behaviors. Sometimes we do so on the grounds of so-called “Christian liberty.” A better phrase would be “Christian license.” We have the very mistaken idea that we are not bound by rules, standards, regulations; rather, we have the liberty to live as we choose and somehow God will overlook our disobedience. The liberty we have as believers is the liberty to be free from the bonds of the Enemy; the chains of sin and judgment.
I believe every Christian would do well to study the concept of holiness.
To live as we choose, ignoring (despising) God’s commands, is not just an affront to our fellow believers; it is an affront to God. We are despising (look down on, loathe, scorn, disdain, spurn, undervalue, deride, detest, revile, abhor,condemn) God Himself and placing our own desires above Him, above His commands, above His holiness.
We are foolish.