Defrauding Will Be Surely Punished

1 Thessalonians 4:6

“That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.”

What does the apostle Paul’s warning, “That no man go beyond”, mean? It means that no one should overstep or trespass into another person’s property. It is a warning that we should not overreach to defraud others. We should not overstep what is acceptable within the confines of Christian brotherliness and friendship. To pretentiously use our relationships with Christian brethren for selfish gain or pleasure is a sin. We should not embarrass, damage or hurt anyone in any unholy or unjust manner.

Moreover, the apostle Paul warns that taking advantage of friendship and kindness of others is a thing that God hates, and He will avenge or punish such wicked deeds. Jesus Himself has said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

Children, see that you do no harm or hurt to any of your Christian sisters or brothers. No stealing, no slandering, no bullying, no abuse, no molesting, no evil! Do only that which will comfort, encourage and bless others.

Prabhudas Koshy