2 Thessalonians 3
2 Thessalonians 3:2
Unreasonable men are almost as troublesome, and quite as dangerous, as those who are really bad; and men who are false and faithless are, above all, painful to deal with.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
God is faithful; this is the great antidote for all the ills inflicted on us by evil and unfaithful men.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
They had been hasty in expecting the Lord to come at once, he now bids them be patient in their waiting. They were to look for the Lord soberly and patiently, and not as those fanatics did who ceased from their labours and neglected their lawful callings because they deemed that the end of the world was near.
2 Thessalonians 3:6, 7
Paul and his friends had not acted in a fanatical manner and neglected sober, orderly labour, and he quotes his own example against the disorderly ones at Thessalonica. When men or women neglect their work on the pretence of religion they are acting improperly, and ought not to be countenanced by honest Christian people.
2 Thessalonians 3:8-10
Laziness is sin. There is bread for the industrious, but none for the idle. May none in our household ever disgrace themselves and us by being sluggards.
2 Thessalonians 3:11, 12
Some eat other peoples bread almost all their lives. It is pleasant to help the needy, but it is a hard tax to have to support the indolent. Young people should strive to ease their parents as soon as possible of the task of supporting them, and receivers of the alms of the church should make conscience of never receiving a penny more than they absolutely need.
2 Thessalonians 3:15
Members of Christian churches have solemn duties to each other, for purposes of mutual discipline. If a man be regarded as a brother he is to be treated as such, but if he errs he is not to stand on the same footing as to converse and confidence as those who walk in an orderly manner. There must be love to him as a brother, but he must be made to feel that his sin grieves us.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
This devout wish seems even now to whisper over this family its gentle benediction. “The Lord be with you all” is a blessing fitly falling from an apostles lips, and to it the holiest of men may joyfully say Amen from their very hearts.
Enrich us with thy blessing Lord;
Help us to feed upon thy word;
All we have done amiss, forgive,
And let thy truth within us live.
Though we are guilty, thou art good:
Wash all our works in Jesus’ blood;
From every burden grant release,
And fill us all with perfect peace.