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In today’s reading, Paul urges the Thessalonian church as he would a father to his children. In the middle of 1 Thessalonians 2:12 he says “…urging you to live lives worthy of God…” We are to be a reflection of Christ; not because it is required for salvation, but because we are God’s children. Just as a child wants to be called worthy of their parents, and don’t want to embarrass their family, we are to be the same in our relationship with God. We are to conduct ourselves in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.