Busybodies

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Hi Everyone! Opening the door to idleness or becoming a busybody is never good. In fact, though we may know people who gossip and meddle in other people’s affairs, we are advised as believers not to live this way.

Proverbs 24:1-2 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

In 2 Thessalonians, Paul was talking to the church of Thessalonians. Today, we should not take these words lightly, because we are the church.

What’s a busybody? Well, a busybody, according to Dictionary.com, is a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others. Do you know anyone like that? If you do, let them know, with love, the truth about being a busybody. Maybe they do not know, or are unaware because they have been living this way for so long with acceptance from others.  Now, if you advise them with love (not judging them) that this is not how we should be living as followers of Jesus Christ, and it is not accepted, then you are to keep away from those behaviors. Man has free will. If you remain around someone for too long who has negative habits, then you may start living that way as well and this is what we want to avoid.

When I read the Book of 2 Thessalonians, one of the verses that immediately caught my attention was 2 Thess. 3:6. Why? Because the verse said to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching.  This lets me know that a believer can also fall into this temptation. Therefore, in the Lord’s Prayer it says in Matthew 6:13 (GW) Don’t allow us to be tempted. Instead, rescue us from the evil one.

If we open the door to Satan and allow the father of lies to lead us into temptation of gossiping, meddling in someone else’s marriage when we should be focused on our own, and sticking our nose in other people’s affairs, then it will become easier to live the life of a busybody.

Thankfully, if I have brought some behaviors to your attention that may have gone unnoticed for some time, I want you to know that you have HOPE today in Jesus Christ. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  Thankfully, we serve a merciful and loving God. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and surrender your life to Him today. He will help you to do what is right. Let’s never forget about the power of the Holy Spirit working inside of believers. God has done it for me and so many others. Praise Him!

If you are not saved, please visit my Salvation Prayer page. The promises I write about in this blog site can be for you too by accepting our heavenly Father’s free gift of salvation today. His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has already paid the price for us. The Lamb of God. Welcome Him into your heart today.

Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders

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Lastly, I want to wish everyone in a Mothers role a Happy Mother’s Day! God bless you all.

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