The Walker's Diary for: Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:18
2 Thes. 2:13-3:18
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,  encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
[3:1] Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.  And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.  But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.  May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,  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.  We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.  For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.  Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.  And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.  Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
 Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
 Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.
 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
 How I long for your precepts!
Preserve my life in your righteousness.
 May your unfailing love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise;
 then I will answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.