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Laziness/Idleness

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Laziness/Idleness

 

It is said that idle hands are the devil's workship. Much sin can come inadvertently from being lazy and idle.

 

1Ti 5:13  "Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to."

2Th 3:6  "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."

2Th 3:11  "We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies."

 

Idleness is particularly an issue with those who are unemployed, be they retired, affluent or poor. For example among the poor one may turn to theft whereas Paul instructs, "He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." Eph 4:28 But even among those who have wealth, with idleness comes temptation.

 

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