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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



6In 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 you received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8nor 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. 9We 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.10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to works shall not eat.

3: 6-10  Some people in the Thessalonian church were falsely teaching that because Christ would return any day, people should set aside their responsibilities, quit work, do no future planning, and just wait for the Lord. But their lack of activity only led them into sin. They became a burden to the church, which was supporting them, they wasted time that could have been used for helping others.

3: 6-10   Paul was writing here about idle, unproductive, irresponsible people who refuse to work. Paul explained that when he and his companions were in Thessalonica, they worked hard, buying what they needed rather than becoming a burden to any of the believers. The rule they followed was “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” There’s a difference between leisure and laziness. Relaxation and recreation provide necessary and much-needed balance to our lives; when the time comes to work, however, Christians should jump right in. We should make the most of our talents and time, doing all we can to provide for ourselves and our dependents. Rest when you should be resting, and work when you should be working. Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible

In todays societty they have made it to easy to sit back and not work, but expect the governement to provide for them. GODS word says if you dont work you dont eat!!! I am not saying there arent those who need help,BUT as i travel the U.S. i see the lazy people everywhere just waiting on a handout. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure you do your share of work to support you and yours!!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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