2 Thessalonians 3:8- Don’t Become A Burden To Other Believers

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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.

“nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it” Paul and his companions didn’t want to become a burden to the church in Thessalonica, so he worked hard to provide for himself and for those with him. Paul loved the Thessalonians and did what he could to lighten their burden, not to add to it.

“we worked night and day, laboring and toiling” Paul was a tentmaker by trade (Acts 18:3).  

2 Thessalonians 1:10-The Love That The Saints Have For Jesus Christ

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10 when he comes in that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 

“when he comes in that day” The day that it is referring to is the 2nd coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is going to reign for 1000 years on earth.

“to be glorified in his saints” Suggests that the saints [Christians] will acknowledge Jesus’ status as Creator, Sustainer, Savior, the Christ, and Yahweh when He returns. 

“and to be admired among all those who have believed” To be in awe of His glory, which will reveal the love that all believers have for Jesus and for His redemption. 

2 Thessalonians 1:3-Being Bound By The Holy Spirit To Pray For Believers

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3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you towards one another abounds (WEB)

“We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers” This verse brings to mind 1 Samuel 12:23 which says, “Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against Yahweh in ceasing to pray for you: but I will instruct you in the good and the right way.”

Just like Samuel who felt that he would be sinning if he would not pray for God’s people, likewise we are bound to those that Jesus has put in our lives [brothers in Jesus Christ] to always pray for them.

“We are bound” implies a conviction from the Holy Spirit to look after our brothers in Christ Jesus through prayer for their good and perseverance in the faith.

“because your faith grows exceedingly” Paul sees the faith of the church in Thessalonica growing strong, due to the love that they are expressing.

Jesus said in the Book of John that the way people outside the faith [the world] will know that we are Christians and stand out from everyone else is by loving not only our neighbors but, those who go against us. 

John 13:35 

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (WEB)