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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

PROPER BEHAVIOR           Page 5
V.12 (cont'd.)

** What does Paul add to the end of this verse which might be confusing?

"...and not be in any need".

** Is it wrong to help a brother or sister in need?

No, we are commanded to help others in the body of Christ.
cf. 1John 3:16-17, James 2:15-16, Luke 3:10-11

** Is it a sin to have a need?

Absolutely not - That is part of the working of the body of Christ, to meet one another's need.

** So, given the context, what is Paul trying to say?

Do not get so preoccupied with the Second Coming that you become a busybody that sponges off your hard working Christian brother or sister while you just lay around waiting!

** Why not - what is at stake?

The glory of God! In Paul's day, there in Thessalonica, restless busybodies who were lazy and not providing for their own basic needs were becoming a burden to their Christian brothers and sisters, and to non-Christians as well, destroying their testimony for Christ in the process.
cf. Colossians 4:5, Titus.2:3-5, 1Timothy 6:1


** Our "Proper Behavior" begins with our Biblical love being made manifest to one another before a watching world. How did we learn to love like this?

God Himself taught us. It is supernatural, which is why it draws the attention of the lost world
around us. Remember - Romans 5:5


** Even if we are very good at showing this kind of love to others, according to verse 10, what should we strive to do?

"...excel still more..."

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