Tag: 23; idleness
Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Thessalonians 3
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Thessalonians 3:10-15 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you brothers, never tire of doing what is right. If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him, in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.”
The teaching of Christ’s sudden and imminent return for those who believe caused some in the fellowship at Thessolonica to come to the conclusion that they should quit their jobs and live off what others had accumulated. This was a cause of strife in the church because the idle believers became gossips and spread discord. Paul wanted the church to know how to handle these people and call them back to proper doctrine. “Settle down and earn the bread they eat” was simple sound doctrine! Those that would not obey were to be shunned until they repented.
Observations for over-comers: Sound doctrine makes for righteous and harmonious living. Those who are not living in sound doctrine and claim to be believers must be lovingly confronted and disciplined if not repentant. “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. . . .Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.” (Proverbs 12:11,23)