16
Jun
15

Tired Of Doing Right

And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. — 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)
There was a problem in the Thessalonian church.  There were some who were idle and not earning their keep.  They pretended to be busy, but they were just busybodies.  They were meddling in everyone’s business and not contributing anything.  They were actually hindering the work of others.  Paul tells the Christians there to “never tire of doing what is right.”
Is it possible to get sick and tired of doing the right thing?  I think so.  Sometimes we just want to be bad.  We want to be lazy.  We want to be angry and lose our tempers.  We want to hold a grudge.  We want to lust after someone else.  We want to be selfish and self-centered.  We just want to be bad.  Why?  Being good can be really tiring and hard.  It should be so easy, but instead it is difficult.  We have these sinful natures that want to be so bad and in order to do what is right, we have to fight against that old self.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “…I beat my body and make it my slave…”  In order to overcome sin and temptation, Paul had to figuratively chastise, beat, scourge and fight against his sinful nature.  It takes hard work and daily self-denial to do what is right.  Let us fight the good fight one day at a time.  Let us never grow weary and tired of living righteous lives for the glory of God!
How have you had to fight against the sinful nature?  Do you get tired and grow weary of doing the right things all the time?  Do you ever feel like you just want to be bad?  How do you overcome those feelings?  May God forgive us when we grow too weary to do the right thing.
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