As Genesis 2:22 talks about, God is a working God. We are to work as well. Look up Exodus 23:12, 34:21, and 35:2. As it states in 1 Thess. 4:11 “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;” manual labor is not only good for you, but we are commanded to work.
We live in an age where people do not want to work. Churches are dying because we don’t want to do the work to build them. Homes are becoming run down because we don’t want to work to keep them up. We are dying because we don’t want to put in the work to take care of ourselves. Nehemiah 4:6 “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.“
Philippians 4:12 “ I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” In each of these situations, he never quit serving the Lord and stayed content while keeping his focus on the Lord. We should work to be like that too.
Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” We all have our sob stories of various things in our past, but at some point we have to be able to forget about them and press forward in our lives. We have to wake up each morning and forgive our offender and think about something else whenever that memory comes back.
Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” To exhort someone, we have to strongly encourage or urge someone else to do something. How are we doing at encouraging our friends to do right?