We love to hang out with our friends. We associate with people who we identify similarities. So, begs the thought, why do we sometimes see good people make bad decisions regarding friendships? I am not speaking of going out on bad dates or anything like that, but rather people hanging out together. The Bible is precisely clear on what we need to do as His children.
11We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. 13And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
14If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Our culture today is a culture of waste. Unemployment rates are up primarily because there are not many jobs, but looking at the will and heart of the people, there exists a huge number of wastes of spaces that don’t want to do anything but exist. They could be more if they were to look upon the face of the Almighty, but they reject Christ daily. The other type of person Paul speaks about other than those who are idle/lazy, is the busybody. This is the person who doesn’t manage their own business because they are too busy managing everyone’s stuff. Paul said to settle down in verse 12. 13And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. I cannot tell you how important it is as a Christian to never tire of doing what is right. We, Christians, are demeaned, poked at, discriminated against, and labeled intolerant, and we are supposed to never tire of doing what is right? Christ told us that we would be. He told us to in essence preach on to the end. So yes, we should always do what is right never tiring or wavering in the faith.
Is Paul telling us to single people out and make a spectacle of their behavior if it doesn’t line up with scripture? No. Is Paul telling us to single people out and correct their behavior if it doesn’t line up with scripture. Ultimately, we accept or reject a person’s behavior even if we do nothing. If you laugh or even if you don’t laugh at a dirty joke you accept it if you do not verbally denounce it and walk way from it. It is the same thing, same thought with Christianity. We either uphold Christ’s teaching and we are real washed in His blood Christians or we are Christians in name only. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. See, we are supposed to not regard our fellow Christian as an enemy when s/he messes up. Rather we are to with Christ’s compassion, lovingly correct them. We as it is taught are supposed to bear one another’s burdens, help each other out, and look out for one another. Remember what Jesus prayed to God the Father as He was crucified. “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” As we are new creations in Christ, we should do follow the leader.