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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

PROPER BEHAVIOR           Page 4
V.11 (cont'd.)

** Alright then, with that motive driving them, what was to be their first goal?

1. To lead a quiet life. Paul is saying their life was to be balanced. They were not to become so
bothered by or preoccupied with Christ's coming again so as to distract them from the daily
responsibilities of life. cf. 2Thessalonians 3:6-10

** And their second goal?

2. Attend to their own business. Do not spend their days in gossip or meddling in the affairs of others. cf. 1Timothy 5:13, 1Peter 4:15-16

** And what about their third goal?

3. They were to work! Specifically with their own hands. They needed to be involved themselves, so that their love, and faith in Christ would be made manifest by a very high work ethic. This was quite abnormal for the Greek culture of the day.
cf. 1Thessalonians 2:9 and Mark 6:3

** Is this the first time that these Thessalonians were hearing this instruction?

No - "...just as we commanded you..." Paul had been telling them when he was with them in person!

** Given their great tract record, do you suppose that all of the Christians there in Thessalonica took Paul's words to heart and obeyed his command?

No - Unfortunately, we see him repeating this same line of thought one year later.
cf. 2Thessalonians 3:11-12

V.12 ** Alright, let's get to the purpose for this entire passage. If Christians love one another as they have been taught by God to do, and manifest that love by living a quiet, balanced life, attending to their own business and working with their own hands - what kind of behavior will they manifest toward the unsaved?

"Proper Behavior"! "...so that you may behave properly toward outsiders..." Our corporate lifestyle speaks volumes to the lost world around us. When a church or Christian organization displays a lazy or poor work ethic, or it even goes bankrupt, it is the Lord Himself who takes the blame. The world's response is always, "and they were Christians."

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