For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. (2 Thessalonians 3:11-15)
Good things are not always the easy things. It is not as if the good tasks and deeds in this world will always be the things we find absolutely delightful and putting smiles on our faces. No, good things sometimes have to be done in tears. And the hurt is so much that we can be tempted to give up; to give in to the pressure to do the easy thing instead of the good thing.
This is no more real then in church discipline situation happening in Thessalonica. People were not working to earn their won living. Instead they walked in idleness. What was the church suppose to do? They were to make their love tough and have nothing to do with the people, so to warn them as brothers and sisters.
In the middle of this command Paul gives an encouragement to the believers, “Don’t grow weary in doing good.” It was good that the believers got tough with sin in their midst. It was good that they did not do anything with the idle people.
Was it still hard to enact such measures? You bet. That is why Paul had to encourage them. But did the hardness of having to turn down get-togethers with friends not make it good? No. It was still good. There are times that it is hard and painful to do the good things. But we shouldn’t grow weary in doing them. Because in the end, good always brings a harvest and the quick-easy way out always produces unhealthy crops.