Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.
5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Work is important to Father God, however the Scriptures never say cleanliness is next to Godliness. In spite of the cleanliness of Kosher. What God says is the work of mankind is to believe God.
When we believe God, we realize we have a ministry to those around us that supersedes our rights to comfort. When the Gospel says give two coats - cities were at largest 300,000 people and the Salvation Army wasn't invented. Jesus put His hand to calling sinners and He could have fed fried Chicken, but Jesus chose to put His hand into life even if it was fish.
And this requires humility, endurance and prayer.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.
But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
This week is a prayer week. We are asking for prayers for Edward and he goes to the Dermatologist for skin cancer on his ear. Please pray for him to have the peace he already has as a continuation. For healing. For the thanks for the healing doctors who helped him find an appointment. And for the hand of God to be merciful to Edward.
Your prayers for us are appreciated!
2 Thessalonians 2
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Thank You, Jesus Christ Our LORD!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †