New Testament In a Year: October 19 – 2 Thessalonians 3

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2 Thessalonians 3
(1-5) Pray for Us
Paul recognizes that the work he does for Christ is most effective when it is buoyed by prayer. We can do so little good on our own, but when we depend upon God through prayer for safety and strength, we can do so much more.

Not everyone has faith, but the faithfulness of God is not deterred by the faithlessness of humans. He will keep us against the devil and guard us against all evil. If we keep God’s commands, He will direct our hearts to His love and to Christ’s steadfastness.

(6-15) Warning Against Idleness
We are to keep busy doing good, but we are not to be busybodies – constantly poking into the business of others and engaging in gossip about things and people who do not concern us. Christ is our perfect example of not being idle, but staying busy in doing good works. All throughout the Gospels, we read of Christ sharing good news, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and raising the dead. When He was not doing these things, He was instructing His disciples or spending time in prayer to His Father. He was never found doing nothing. From the time of His birth to the time of His death, He was always about His Father’s business.

We too must always be about the business that God has given us to do. It will not always be easy and we will not always feel like doing it, but we must not grow weary in doing good and throw in the towel. We must keep on serving, hoping, loving, and faithing until Christ calls us home.

Favorite verse: (16) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

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