2 Thessalonians 3:1-15, 12-13 text.
Everything God does, He does through His Word.
II. ALWAYS WALK IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT VERSES 5-7.
The Christian is to walk in “the love of God.”
And the only way to walk in the love of God is to do it in the power of The Holy Spirit.
Only the Spirit of God can make His love real to us. Remember that love is a fruit of the spirit.
You cannot naturally love every person who crosses your path. I think we need to be careful whom we say we love. It is a matter of good judgment.
For example: The believer is not to walk with one who is disorderly in verse 6.
God makes it very clear who we ought to follow in verse 7.
Remember, “birds of a feather flock together.” You will always be like the crowd that you run around with.
We need to be very careful of the company we keep.
III. ALWAYS WALK IN YOUR WORK OF GOD. VERSES 8-15.
The Thessalonians were walking in the spirit, and they were being persecuted for it. Paul comforts them and lets them know he is going through it too.
But look at verse 10. A Christian who is looking for the Lord to return is not dreamer; he is a worker. No Work, no Food! How cruel.
Since much of this letter has to do with Jesus coming again, he gets very practical here by saying: We are to work while we wait.
Look at verse 11. There were some not working at all, not interested in getting out the Word of God; but, they were busy – that is, busybodies.
They were really making a nuisance of themselves, and they were causing trouble in the church. It takes just one apple to spoil the whole barrel.
Now look at verse 12, that does not sound very spiritual does it? But it surely is practical: It would solve a great many problems in the average church if the busybodies, the troublemakers, would work with quietness do something constructive.
I have found in my ministry that the one who causes the most trouble is the smallest giver. This was true here in the church of Thessalonica, but look at verse 13.
This is wonderful! A Christian who is working for the Lord need not be weary in well doing.