Love Is Not Lazy
Proverbs 26:13-16: The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
I have known some individuals who seem to work harder at avoiding work than they work. Do you know some like that? Or worse yet, are you one of them? I too have been like that. Like the sluggard in the passage above, they always have an excuse. They seem to make up seven reasons not to work for every reason that a working man has for working. The sluggard thinks he knows best. He is conceited (proud). As I remember the individuals in my life who did the most for me, I realize that they were the ones who loved me the most. Individuals who did the least for me were the ones who loved me the least.
Jesus did more for me than anyone else. He died for me. Among some humor that was passed around among some of my friends was this unknown quote: I*m not lazy, I just love doing nothing? That man was a liar and unloving. Laziness is a sin and it is un-Christian.
2 Thessalonians 3:10: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Ephesians 4:28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-8: For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man*s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12: For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
This business of working began way back in the garden of Eden before the first sin and continued throughout the Old Testament as well as the New.
Genesis 2:15: And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .
When we are filled with the Spirit we will love people and work to meet their needs. Do not imagine that you are right with God when you are not working at something for the benefit of others and doing your best to avoid taking advantage of others. There is no real satisfaction in doing nothing.