The Epistle Of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4:11-18 (7 of 11) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own
business, and to work with your own hands, as we
commanded you;

As Paul continues with his instructions to this
church, he gives what may seem to be a unusual
instruction to believers, and this is in the area of
being quiet in one’s behavior. What does that mean? It
means that these believers, and we today, were to make
it one’s aim to lead a quiet life. This instruction is
said to those who are running hither and thither, not
staying at home, minding their own business.

Stanley Horton sums up this verse when he said,

"Christians must be careful however, lest love and
concern for others turn them into spiritual
busybodies, always poking their noses into other
people’s business."

Now some in this church may have perked up at this
juncture, maybe for the first time in the message
because they believe that now they have a reason to
keep certain believers away from them, especially
those who bring them into any accountability for
living contrary from the scriptures. But such is not
the case that Paul addresses in this passage as the
context clearly points out and it is essential to read
and interpret the entire verse to see what Paul is
talking about here. Paul is not addressing Christians
who are laboring, but those who are NOT laboring. You
may want to call these professing believers, the
spiritual vagabonds, the drifters. These are the ones
who do not concern themselves with their own affairs,
but with everyone else’s. These are the ones who do
NOT work, cannot hold a job(s), are always
opinionated, especially when it comes to your life,
but fail to demonstrate their own advice in their own
life. These are those who are always over someone’s
house, not so much for spiritual council, but just to
make sure that you have that good meal ready because
they haven’t w ...

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