to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
December 04, 2019 – Wednesday
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 NIV
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.
15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
These verses are very interesting as they are the last verses prior to the closing of this letter to the Thessalonians. For a bit more context, let us take a look at the three preceding verses.
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Paul with perhaps some input from Silas and Timothy (see 1:1) has provided some real instruction for the Thessalonians throughout this epistle. Prior to our verses for the day there is instruction for busybodies to settle down and earn the food they eat. But for the faithful they are to never tire of doing what is good. Then we come to our verses for today where the Thessalonians (and we today) are to Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. This would include those some among you are idle and disruptive whom he shortly calls busybodies.
Our instructions reference those who does not obey our instruction in this letter is direct and clear Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. But this is not to be a shunning for we are not [to] regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
Those who are disobedient and are busybodies are not be associated with, but we are to always be open to telling them why we are no longer keeping company with them prepared to provide an explanation of our action as you would a fellow believer. This implies they may or may not be fellow believers, but they have been in and involved in the church. Thus the hope is our action and explanation might bring them back into fellowship and relationship with Christ.
Let us remember to hold to the faith and follow the instructions provided by Bible as faithfully as possible.
(to obey is better than sacrifice /obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)