April 8th, 2007
There’s a lot to be said for relaxation. It feels good when you get home after a long day at the office to sit back in a comfortable chair and let the television do the entertaining. In fact, it feels good to sit back in a comfortable chair and let the television do the entertaining after a long hard holiday spent doing nothing. If it wasn’t for the forces that compel us to do stuff — the expectations of other people, the demands of clients, the need to make money, the iron fist of our boss — and if we had no fear of the consequences, maybe most of us would spend a lot more time doing nothing.
Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians — Chapter 3
3:1 Finally, friends, pray for us. Pray that the message about the Lord will spread rapidly and people will honour it, just as you did. 3:2 Pray for us to be kept safe from misguided and evil people, because not everyone has faith. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will support you and protect you from evil. 3:4 We are convinced in the Lord that you are following and will continue to follow our instructions. 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.
3:6 Friends, we give you these instructions in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stay away from any believer who lives a lazy life and does not follow the lifestyle which we explained to you. 3:7 You know how you should follow our example. We were not lazy when we were amongst you, 3:8 and we did not eat bread provided by anyone without paying for it. We worked day and night, expending our efforts and exertions to avoid being a burden to any of you, 3:9 not because we do not have the right to your support, but to make ourselves an example to you, for you to follow. 3:10 Even when we were with you, we instructed you that anyone who does not want to work should not get to eat. 3:11 We hear that some of you are lazy, not working at all, but interfering in other people’s business. 3:12 We instruct and urge such people in the Lord Jesus Christ to keep quiet and get to work to earn their own bread.
3:13 Friends, do not get tired of doing what is right. 3:14 Take note of anyone who does not obey our instructions in this letter. Have nothing to do with such people so that they get embarrassed. 3:15 Do not consider them to be enemies, but warn them as friends.
3:16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
3:17 I write this greeting with my own hand: Paul. This is how I sign every letter that I write. 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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