2 Thessalonians 3:6-7 (NASB95)
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,……
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (NASB95)
14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.
15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Was at Church tonight for a meeting. Afterwards I realized that I did not have a ride home so I called my wife to come get me. Waiting at the door, I saw my son pull up in our other car. The key for the Church building was on the other car’s key ring. So we go home and I run in to get the other car keys to go back to the building to lock up. After searching the house for a while and my pant’s pockets, my wife started searching for the keys as well. Casually, I placed my hand in my coat pocket and felt a familiar shape and jingle. I couldn’t get out the door gracefully. I was wearing the same coat at Church. They key was in my possession the whole time.
Many who have received Christ lose sight of WHO lives within them. They forget that within them is Life Himself, Jesus, the Way the Truth, and the Life. They begin looking elsewhere forgetting who they have become in Christ, returning to chase after the temptations of the world.
Some of these words may be tough to hear. Confrontation is one of the hardest things to do. And because we all recognize we fall down at times, we do not think that we are “worthy” to say anything. And some will not confront because they are involved in similar lifestyle choices now. The purpose in confrontation is not to destroy someone and break relationships, but to bring someone back into right relationship with God and fulfill the purpose they were created for. A believer who falls into a life of sin, still has the “key” within, still is indwelt by Christ, but they are offering their body to unrighteousness rather righteousness. Discipline is needed for restoration. Paul reminds us of this in the verses above.
Who are you associating with now? Is someone living a life apart from Christ? If you really love that person, you may need to stop spending time with them. Do the Galatians 6:1 thing and gently confront them recognizing you too, could be involved in the same sin. If they do not respond however with repentance, then you need to do the loving thing. Step away, and pray that they will turn from their choices. Pray that you will be able to enjoy their interaction once again. But to ignore their sin, is in a sense to show hatred towards them, because it certainly isn’t the loving thing to do.
Knowing the One that holds the keys that count,