2 Thessalonians 3: Pattern of Good Behavior

Exactly what does prayer accomplish in the spread of God’s message?

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2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, my friends, pray for the widespread publishing of God’s message so it will be honored among others as it has been in you.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

How can prayer affect unreasonable and wicked people?

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2 Thessalonians 3:2 Pray for our deliverance from unreasonable and wicked people, for some are not willing to believe.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Considering all the hardships and persecutions he suffered, how could Paul assure people that God would give them strength and protect them from evil?

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2 Thessalonians 3:3 God is always faithful. He will give you strength and protect you from evil.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Upon what did Paul base his confidence that God would do great things among the Thessalonians?

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2 Thessalonians 3:4 We’re confident that the Lord will continue to work in your lives, that you are following and will continue to follow what we have instructed you to do.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

What must we do to become a channel for God’s love?

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2 Thessalonians 3:5 As you patiently wait for the coming of Christ, may your lives be a channel for God’s love.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Why might Christians want to “walk with the undisciplined”?

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2 Thessalonians 3:6–7 My friends, heed this commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ, that you not walk with the undisciplined—those who don’t follow the instruction you received from us. You know, you have a good pattern to follow if you copy the disciplined behavior you saw when we were with you.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:6–7 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

What made Paul’s work ethic a good example for Christians?

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2 Thessalonians 3:8–12 We didn’t take advantage of your hospitality. Night and day we worked so our presence would not be a burden to you. We could have let you support us, but we didn’t. Why? Because we wanted to set a good example for you to follow. We followed this principle while we were with you: “People who aren’t willing to do their share of work shouldn’t be given food.” We hear that some people among you are always busy with other things and don’t want to work. We strongly advise these people in the Lord Jesus Christ to get to work and support themselves.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:8–12 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Why do Christians sometimes become weary of doing good?

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Galatians 6:9 Never tire of doing good, for a harvest of blessing is certain if you never give up on God.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 As for you, my friends, never get tired of doing good.
King James
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

How should we treat people who won’t listen to the truth?

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2 Thessalonians 3:14–15 Notice those who don’t follow the instructions in this letter. Avoid them so they will be ashamed. Don’t see them as enemies, but admonish them as a family member.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:14–15 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

What does the “Lord of peace” do to give us peace?

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2 Thessalonians 3:16 May the Lord of peace give you peace in every way. The Lord be with you all.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Why was Paul’s personal signature important?

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2 Thessalonians 3:17–18 As in every letter, I write this salutation with my own hand and sign my name: Paul. May the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Let it be so.
King James
2 Thessalonians 3:17–18 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.