Is Laziness A Sin?

2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬ “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Is Laziness A Sin?

God takes laziness seriously. So should we:

2 Thessalonians 3:11-15 KJV “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, WORKING NOT AT ALL, but are BUSYBODIES. [12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. [13] But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. [14] And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, NOTE THAT MAN, and HAVE NO COMPANY WITH HIM, that he may be ashamed. [15] Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

Wow; we are told not to even associate with lazy people who refuse to work so that they will feel ashamed. Yet we’re not to regard them as an enemy but warn them as we would a fellow believer. (Galatians 6:1-2) So is laziness a sin? You bet it is.

Laziness is frowned on throughout God’s word. Here are a few passages:

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Proverbs 10:4 ESV “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Proverbs 12:24 NLT “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”

Proverbs 20:4 KJV “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”

Proverbs 6:6 NIV “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”

As you can see nothing good comes from being lazy. Let’s hate this sin for what it is. And if anything causes us to be lazy like over eating, or heavy drinking, etcetera, how can these be any good?🤔 Think about it: Jesus says you can tell if something or someone is good or bad by the fruit it bears. (Luke 6:43-45)

Is there anything in your life that causes laziness? Confess it to God, ask for His forgiveness, and repent. The Lord is always ready to forgive. (1John 1:7-10) What use to make me lazy was smoking weed. That’s right, for years after becoming a Christian I struggled with smoking marijuana. One of the things that finally helped me stop was the Holy Spirit convicted me of how lazy I would get after smoking weed. Laziness is sin y’all. So anything that causes it can’t be good either. Once I admitted to God I had a problem and I needed His help He helped me repent. (Proverbs 28:13) And why was I smoking weed? To forget about life’s problems. I hadn’t yet learned how to do that through prayer, fellowship with other believers, and study of God’s word. This is the only real way to deal with the troubles of this life. If we come to Jesus with our problems He promises:

Matthew 11:28-30 RSV “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Let us avoid laziness and anything that causes it:

Luke 21:34 GNT “Be careful not to let yourselves become occupied with too much feasting and drinking and with the worries of this life, or that Day may suddenly catch you.”

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