10/15/19: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 25:16
Have you ever heard the term “codependency?” Per Wikepedia “Codependency” is a behavioral condition in a relationship where one person enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.
And in 2 Thessalonians 3 we see Paul address the desire that some of us may have that will make people “codependent.” — He states that each of us are responsible for our own behaviors and while we certainly need to be available to help one another we must allow each believer to “work-through” their some of their own issues & weaknesses.
2 Thessalonians 3: 6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”