Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
If you take time to read chapter three, you’ll see that the apostle Paul is not dealing with sexual immorality. But it is my opinion that he is setting a principle in place that speaks to all temptations. This principle deals with the people we associate with the most. Paul is teaching us to be careful about these associations; these people that we call close friends. If they act in ways that are dishonoring to God, it makes it very difficult for us who hang around with them not to act in a similar fashion. This principle also suggests that if we don’t say anything about these ungodly behaviors, we may give our friends the idea that we think it is okay!
In 1 Corinthians:5, the apostle follows his own principles and tells that church to expel an immoral brother. They, the church, were allowing this immorality to exist without a word being said! The apostle demanded more from God’s people.
Who are your closest friends? Are they godly? Do they behave in ways that would embarrass you if Jesus physically appeared in your presence? I’m not saying that we should not be around lost people; obviously Jesus taught just the opposite, plus it’s not possible to totally disassociate ourselves from this world.
To live a holy and victorious life, we all must be careful who we spend time with. Don’t give the devil a foothold in this area.
Father, help me to find friends that love and honor you. Help me to love the godless without being drawn into their lifestyles. In Jesus’ Name, amen.