Bible Study & Devotional 288
Guiding Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:11 ‘We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.’
🔴 Trouble Makers
written by: Torrie Slaughter
As the Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians, he asks for their prayers and encourages them to trust God. Paul also provides directions for correcting the problems reported to him.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5, Paul encourages the believers to have confidence in Jesus and wait patiently for His return. However, Paul warns them not to get weary in doing good.
Paul lays out three key points we can use to identify troublemakers within the church:
- They are not willing to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10.)
- Lead undisciplined lives (2 Thessalonians 3:11).
- Their idleness produces disruption (2 Thessalonians 3:11).
- They should work quietly to provide for themselves. (2 Thessalonians 3:12)
- Stop associating with troublemakers. (2 Thessalonians 3:14)
While it may be easy to blame others, we must pause and reflect. Perhaps, we poorly handled situations or grieved the Holy Spirit by not exercising our authority.
Prayer: Father, help us to be more like Jesus. Amen
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Jeremiah 26:1-27, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18, Psalm 85:1-13, Proverbs 25:16
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.