“2 Thessalonians 3:14-15”
Categories: 2 Thessalonians
“If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”
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Just going to quote what Wilson Adam’s has to say in his Courageous Living workbook about these verses for today:
“What about the brother or sister who refused to hear and heed this letter?
“1. Take special note of that person…(v.14a). The idea is the same as in Romans 16:17: ‘Mark them which cause divisions’ (KJV). Here is one who needs to be noted publicly as walking out of step (‘unruly’ v.6) with Scripture.
“2. And do not associate with him…(v.14b). Here is one seeking fellowship and connection with the Lord’s church while, at the same time, engaging in behavior unbecoming to a follower of Christ. It cannot be ignored. To sweep it under the rug or look the other way sends a two-fold message: (1) approval to the guilty, and (2) hypocrisy to the world. Any kind of social contact that would give comfort to one in sin must be avoided.
“3. So that he will be put to shame (v.14c.). The purpose of church discipline (tough spiritual love) is to reach the heart of the sinner. He cannot live as he wishes and enjoy the blessings of fellowship.
“4. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother (v.15). Now the tables are turned as Paul issues a warning about the attitudes of others. Don’t look down on him with an air of superiority. Don’t be ugly in your response to him. Don’t ignore him. Here’s what you do: Admonish him as a brother! Admonish him implies an effort at talking, encouraging, warning, and pleading with him to change and…doing it all in a humble spirit (Gal.6:1).”
Please read 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Have a blessed day!
- Louie Taylor