The Lord Is Faithful
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
(1) Finally, my brothers and sisters, pray for us so that the Lord’s message will spread quickly and be honored by the people, just as it was honored among you in Thessalonica. (2) And pray that we will be delivered (kept safe) from perverse and evil people, for not everyone has faith. (3) But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from Satan, the evil one. (4) And we have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things that we taught you. (5) Now may the Lord guide your hearts into the love of God and the endurance of Christ.
Keep Away From Lazy Christians
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
(6) My brothers and sisters, we command you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep away from Christians who are living disruptive and lazy (idle) lives; those who do not live according to the teaching (tradition) that you received from us. (7) For you know how you should follow our example, because we were not lazy when we lived with you in Thessalonica, (8) nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked hard day and night, laboring so that we would not be a financial burden to any of you. (9) Although we had the right to receive help from you, we chose not to because we wanted to live a life that you could imitate. (10) For we gave you this rule of life when we were with you: “If anyone is not willing to work, then they should not eat.”
(11) For we have been told that some believers in Thessalonica are living lazy and disruptive lives. Instead of working, they are busy interfering (busybodies) in the concerns of other people. (12) Now in the Lord Jesus Christ, we command and encourage these believers to settle down and earn their own living. (13) And as for you, my brothers and sisters, do not become tired of doing what is good.
(14) Whoever does not follow what we teach in this letter, take special note of them and do not associate with them, so that they will feel ashamed. (15) I am not telling you to treat them as enemies, but warn them as fellow believers.
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
(16) Now may the Lord of peace give you his peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all! (17) I, Paul, write this greeting in my own handwriting, which is the distinguishing mark in all of my letters, so that you will know how I write and which letters are truly from me. (18) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!