In 2 Thess 3: 7 – 9, Paul contrasts idle behavior to his modeled work ethics. Paul continuously worked night and day in Thessalonica to not be a burden to the church as well as to be a model. The participle form of ἐργάζομαι indicates Paul's continuous action with the emphasis placed on the action. The action of work means, "to work, labor, do work: it is opposite to inactivity or idleness." Therefore, to combat the Thessalonians' irresponsible attitude of work, Paul demonstrates the benefits of his working behavior.