Friday, June 20, 2008

BUSYBODIES, 1 Timothy 5:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:11

"For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies." 2 Thess. 3:11
Busybodies meddle in others' lives. They stick their noses where they don't belong. With too much time on their hands, they closely examine your every word and movement. Being idol and unproductive, their energies go into scrutinizing and criticizing people. Busybodies are most satisfied when they can be critical of others. With their peering and prying eyes on us, they fall under the judgment of God. They care about what you wear, how you spend your time and money, and the quality of the singing, the grammatical accuracy of the preaching, and the amount of time spent with each part of worship. A sister's hair color or the wording in a Brother's prayer is fair game to the busybody. After all, the hair color is just a little provocative, don't you think? And couldn't the prayer have been said with more grace and fluidity? So watch out because busybodies are listening and watching to make sure you are being spiritual. Pretty much everything is the busybody's business.
"At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention." - 1 Tim. 5:13
If you are a busybody, the remedy is to get to work, take care of your family, and mind your own business. The saying by Jesus to "get the log out of your own eye" is a good starting place. The harder you work, the busier you are, and the less time you will have to be in the business of your fellow Christians.

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