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“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us” (2 Thessalonians 3:6).

We are easily influenced by others.  You and I may think ourselves exempt, but we are not.  Those who are unruly are like leaven.  A little goes a long way.  Just look at the church.  Where once two out of three went to church every Sunday, now its one in five.  What’s happened?  The unruly have had their way.  Such is the way of this world.  Take these admonitions seriously.

Lord, I know that no behavior in and of itself is deadly to my salvation, yet, if I am led away from You to rejoin the rebellion, that would be deadly.  Help me to learn these precepts in grace where I do what I do because it is what I do without heaping guilt upon those who do not.  Lead me Lord in the way You know I need to go and then help me to have the fortitude to walk in that direction.

Lord Jesus, there is no doubt that I need to be saved.  I even need to be saved from undoing in my life what You have done.  Help me to always be gracious, but also guarded so that I would not be led away in this world of constant rebellion.  Guide me Lord in order that I may humbly walk with You in the way of life.  Through all things, keep me now and always in Your Word and the will of the Father.  Amen.