“If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15).
Paul makes this point to the Corinthians as well. Sadly, what is being said is very delicate and many will go to one extreme or the other. Our behavior matters. For one who does not think so, do not listen to them. But you still should love them. Continue to remind them that our behavior does matter. In discipline, behavior, morals, and attitudes, this principle applies and should be applied to all who call themselves Christian.
Lord, grant me the grace to better understand the reality of what You are saying here. I know there have been abuses by the church, but that does not mean I should go the opposite direction. Being like Christ is not a suggestion, but the goal itself. Guide me Lord to know that in You alone is all hope. You have come so that we may live into the life You give us through grace.
Lord Jesus, help me to live the new life You have given me. Guide me to see what is meant here and then lead me in grace to put this into practice. According to Your Word, you love everyone, but there are those who will continue to do things the way they wish. Lead me, O Lord, to know that it cannot be this way with me either. Teach me how to behave both in private and in public. Amen.