Are you eating and not working?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To remove idleness and being busybodies inside the church.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.
Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work.
Remove idleness and busybodies from you.
If a man will not work, he shall not eat
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 50 to 54 A.D.
C. Purpose: To correct the coming of the LORD as not having taken place yet and is still a future event for all of us living in the last days.
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church, 2nd epistle
E. Main Theme: Second Coming of CHRIST
F. Keywords: Day of CHRIST
G. Key verse:
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
"Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty],"
Proverbs 18:9 (Amplified Bible)
He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.
Proverbs 24:30-31 (Amplified Bible)
I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
And, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles were covering its face, and its stone wall was broken down.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 (Amplified Bible)
Through indolence the rafters [of state affairs] decay and the roof sinks in, and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.
Hebrews 6:12 (Amplified Bible)
In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
"being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work"
1 Timothy 5:13 (Amplified Bible)
Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.
1 Peter 4:15 (Amplified Bible)
But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others [infringing on their rights].
Busy-body is a meddling person; one who officiously concerns himself with the affairs of others.
Meddler is one that meddles; one that interferes or busies himself with things in whic he has no concern; an officious person; a busy body.
If it doesn't concern you, stay away from it. It's like getting bit by a dog if you interfere with business not your own.
Proverbs 26:17 (Amplified Bible)
He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Remove idleness and busybodies from you.
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