Before I begin, I would like to pose a question to the reader, would you associate with a murderer? how about a thief?
Many times I have heard people say they can tolerate many things, but a thief they cannot stand. Then there’s the murderer. I mean who is gonna keep company with someone who kills other people? I would wager that if we did a survey of how people felt about “associations,” we would discover that most feel that a person should be aware of who they keep company with. The average person would probably be of the opinion whoever you associate with will either help or hinder your other associations. Correct?
However, if we take notice of Peter’s 1st letter, he says:
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.”
Whoa! Wait a minute! Did I just read what I think I read??? Does Peter list the individual that butts their nose in other people’s business with those of the MURDERER? THIEF?? EVILDOER??? Yes. He. Does. Isn’t that ironic. Many would never keep company with a murderer, especially a thief and would distance themselves from someone they considered an evildoer. However, will sit and listen to gossip and even engage in it themselves, but the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to essentially say that it is just as bad as the others. WOW!!!
Tell me it you’ve heard the following:
1) Here’s what I heard…
2) I’ll tell you what I think…
3) I’d be willing to bet they are…
4) So do you think it’s true about…
5) I shouldn’t say anything, but…
Usually what follows has no proof or evidence, therefore the individual is now taking part in a falsehood and spreading a lie. In doing so, they now become an “accuser of the brethren.” According to Revelation 12:10, John is referring to Satan when he calls him an, “accuser of the brethren.” Hence, those who engage in such behavior are working under the power of Satan…saved or not!
James writes 12 verses in the 3rd chapter concerning the tongue and its power. He says if a person cannot bridle their tongue then their religion is in vain:
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
~ James 1:26
The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is said to not eat the bread of idleness. Idleness is said to be the playground of the devil. The prophet Ezekiel says of Sodom that idleness is one of the issues that the city suffered from. People that have nothing better to do than to insert themselves into other people’s matters are suffering from idleness.
We are not here, this evening, to specifically deal with any known or unknown sin, however we would like to bring to the attention of the reader that God is not impressed, nor is He happy when His own children cause problems due to assumptions & accusations without viable proof of such. An opinion is NOT proof!
We want to challenge you to look at your associations. Consider if they are “busybodies,” always talking about other people. Always more interested in how other’s are failing as a Christian, rather than being one themselves. If you are finding you have one or more close associations that fit the description of a “busybody,” you might well heed Peter’s words and distance your self or at least speak up and say, “Enough!” Doing so just may provoke them to distance themselves from you.
In conclusion, busybodies prey upon weak minded individuals.
In His service,
2 Cor. 12:9