To shun a person or a behavior the world would say is rude. It is not political correct. You are not a caring person if you shun someone. Well, the Bible and God say differently. We will always be different than the world since we have the Holy Spirit living in us. What does it mean to shun? How do I shun and what do I shun? Why does God tell me to shun?
The Webster Dictionary defines shun as a verb so it’s an action. It means to persistently avoid, ignore, depart from, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution. So if we shun certain actions then we are known as shunners. We deliberately and habitually avoid things not of God. Keep in mind through this study that there are different words that mean shun. Even as you study on your own use the dictionary to find the meanings of words along with their synonyms and antonym. It gives you a better understanding of what you are reading.
God knows best. He gives us examples in His word what to shun and what not to shun. He doesn’t just say to stay away from it; He explains to us why we should shun or flee from something. I mean think about children, whether they are your own or someone else’s. You say don’t do that or stay away from that. What do they do; they go right to it! We are the same with God. That is our fleshly nature. How many times has He said don’t go near that & He has given direct instructions to avoid that behavior. Too many for me, I have to admit! Then something goes wrong. I then feel terrible because I knew I was not supposed to be a part of the situation. Luckily, God doesn’t say “I told you so.” He just continues to give us directions in what to avoid and what to follow.
In 2 Timothy 2:16 what are we to shun? _____________________________________
What happens if we don’t avoid these things? ________________________________
2 Timothy 2:19 tell us to depart from what? __________________________________
Are depart and shun the same meaning? ___________ Why or why not? __________________
What is iniquity? _____________________________________________________________
By being a shunner we are saying to this wicked world that we are God’s and that we want to live a Godly life.
1 Timothy 4:7 God says to refuse profane and old wives fables. What does this mean to you? ___________________________________________________________________________
Read that verse and use the word shun. Does it still the same? ___________ Why or Why not? ___________________________________________________________________________
What are we supposed to be exercising ourselves in? __________________________________
1Timothy 6:20 Paul tells Timothy to avoid what? ______________________________________
Again, look at the definition for shun; what word in this verse means the same as shun? ______________________________________________________________________________
Complete the chart with what we are supposed to shun.
|Verse||What to shun.|
|2 Timothy 2:23|
|1 Timothy 1:4|
|I Timothy 6:4-5|
Read Proverbs 4:14-18
What path should we not enter into? ____________________________________________
In verse 19, why is this path not a good idea? ______________________________________
What words are in these verses that mean to shun? __________________________________
What path in verse 18 should be taken? ____________________________________________
Isaiah 7:15 what are we to shun and what are we to choose? ____________________________
If we shun these things God will reward us. 2 Timothy 2:21 tell us that we become vessels of honor. How great is it to know that you are a vessel of honor for God.
2 Timothy 2:21 Fill in the blanks.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a___________ unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
If we are to take the path towards God, what are the things in our lives that we are required to follow? We must always consider what is right in the eyes of God not man.
|Verse||What to follow|
|2 Timothy 2:22|
|I Corinthians 14:1|
|I Thessalonians 5:15|
|1 Timothy 6:11|
Match the verse to what happens if you do not follow a godly path.
Departing from evil is to gain understanding God says this in Job 28:2 When you are closer to the things of God you begin to see more clearly the wicked behaviors of people. You are growing in spiritual discernment.
Read I Corinthians 2:13-14
What do the children of God know? __________________________________________
What does the natural man know? ____________________________________________
What do you think the difference between these two are? _______________________________
One thing to point out is that the natural man is the unsaved man. They are relying on their flesh to lead them; while the children of God rely on the Holy Ghost.
After study the seven qualities of a believer study it has taken a 360 degree turn all the way back where we started a few weeks ago. All believers’ paths are directed back to God. We must have a desire to have a mind as Christ.
Application: Have you ever been around people that just like to keep things stirred up? They try to push others into inappropriate actions. Whether they realize it or not they are being wicked. Profane babblings means a wicked cry of incitement. What is incitement? It is stirring up, urging on or irritating others into actions. Ask yourself do you want to be that type of person. Pray that God opens your eyes to the people you should avoid. Ask God for a burden to pray for those that you know that behave in this manner. God will show you how to follow Him and how to be a shunner of wicked behavior.