2 Thessalonians 3: 6-15

Warning Against Idleness

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[fn] you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

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Thought this was interesting, of course we know that ‘whatever we do should be done as for the Lord’…We do know people who’s business is to ‘work the system’, I had never really noticed this before ;-( They were quick to add that those who really need help were helped.
b. Neither shall he eat: Since God is able to provide through our needs in any manner imaginable, it means something that He has chosen (for the most part) to meet our needs through work. This is part of God’s character, because He is a busy God and always at work.”

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Bonnie

Amen Paula!!!❤❤💝💞

Paula Langley
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Sorry, I moved this comment from reply- want to be sure it goes to Michele too- don’t want the enemy using my words to polk her 🙁 She is definitly not idle!!!

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I feel like I need to add here that “idleness” is not the same as resting and recuperating from illness of injury. God wants us well and we need to take care of our bodies, sometimes He provides that rest time so we can get closer to Him ie when I was too sick to work I could still watch TV and searched all the Christian channels for those that had good teaching- still listening or reading Joyce Meyer ;-)I feel like God provided that time for me as He is doing for Michele and has done for Bonnie …love…… Read more »

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Paula I completely agree!!