2 Thessalonians 3
2 Thessalonians 3: 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
I think Coffman offers a very apt commentary to these verses:
The shameful and unwholesome results of a weak and foolish system of charity which ignores this principle were outlined thus by W. F. Adeney:
- It injures the recipient. Idleness is a sin; and some of the worst trouble they had in Thessalonica came from that source.
- II. It injures the giver. The encouragement of idleness is a sin that must be attributed to the thoughtless or foolish scatterer of God’s gifts upon the undeserving.
- III. It injures those who are truly needy. The idlers are the more insistent and clamorous for support in their idleness; and all that is given to them is no longer available for those who have just claims upon the charity of others.
- IV. It injures the community. It destroys initiative, diminishes industry, and propagates the worst element in society.]