Daily Life

Mind Your Own

1 Thessalonians 4:11

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.

It came to Paul’s attention that some members of the church were not walking in a manner worthy of their calling. They were getting involved in situations that were none of their concern, and not for the greater good. Paul had to address the matter again in his second letter, saying, “we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies”. This is not how we should be seen and it in no way brings glory to God.

Jesus also warned about being judgemental of the ‘wrongs’ we perceive in others – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” We are not called to be meddlers; we are called to the work of the Lord.

We are to aspire to live quietly, not in conflict but in peace with one another. Sticking our nose in someone else’s business can cause more harm than good. Our concern should be making sure that we have our own affairs in order and being right with God.

Our aim should be to have a character that draws people to God; one of love, kindness and respect.

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