Paul in 1 Thessalonians calls on the church to live in a manner that will please God.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, NIV)
This is not by any means a unique passage in the New Testament.
So, how do we interpret Paul’s words here? What does it mean to control our bodies in holy and honorable ways?