Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. —2 Thessalonians 3:16
2 Thessalonians 3 is about disorderly church brothers who were busybodies (gossipers). They refused to work but still wanted to eat. They caused worry for the members. Paul said that the Church should quietly admonish them to work and eat their own food. If anyone did not obey, he was to be shamed by avoiding his company. The Word also says, “Be not weary in well doing.” After all, he is a brother.
This scriptural narrative is representative of gossipers who cause worry in the Church, families, and in other relationships. If you have a relationship difficulty, you want peace. How do you handle the situation?
There are five letters in worry, five letters in peace. These words are opposites, and each has a different weight. Worry is heavy, weighty, and causes emotional stress. Peace is light and easy to carry. Do not entertain worry!
You have an association with the Lord of peace Himself! Allow Him to “give you peace always in every way.” Spend time with Him by studying His Word, praying and meditating, and seeking encouragement from other Christians. Look for Biblical references related to your particular circumstances, such as:
- Brothers at odds—Genesis 37, 39–50)
- Husband (alcoholic, abusive)—I Samuel 25:1-42
- Mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship— Ruth 1:16–Ruth 4
- Revenge desired—Esther 5:13–7:8-10
If you want peace, entertain thoughts of peace, seek and engage in endeavors that lead to peace. Be a person of peace and the “Prince of Peace” will come in.