Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
6 Our brothers and sisters, we command you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to keep away from all believers who are living a lazy life and who do not follow the instructions that we gave them. 7You yourselves know very well that you should do just what we did. We were not lazy when we were with you. 8We did not accept anyone’s support without paying for it. Instead, we worked and toiled; we kept working day and night so as not to be an expense to any of you. 9We did this, not because we have no right to demand our support; we did it to be an example for you to follow. 10While we were with you, we used to say to you, “Whoever refuses to work is not allowed to eat.”
11 We say this because we hear that there are some people among you who live lazy lives and who do nothing except meddle in other people’s business. 12In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we command these people and warn them to lead orderly lives and work to earn their own living.
13 But you, brothers and sisters, must not get tired of doing good.
A warning against laziness. Encouragement to work. Even if you’re unemployed – you should find something to do – otherwise you quickly sink into depression, feeling totally useless. But so many people are willing to work but can’t find anything to do.
Lord, help us not to be lazy; but to rest when we need to rest. Help us to help others to find gainful employment. And where we are stuck in a rut; help us out we pray.
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