1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
There are some people who are busy bodies and meddle in others’ affairs. With technology all around us, it is hard for people to lead a quiet life and mind their own business. The Bible has clearly spoken to believers to be mindful of their actions, which tend to cause harm to others. To say anything in the absence of the concerned person in the conversation is regarded as a gossip. Gossip can destroy friendships, relationships, split churches and ruin marriages. Only those who are idle tend to go about from house to house, becoming busy bodies and talk nonsense, saying things that they ought not to (1 Tim. 5:13). As Christians, we are advised to lead a quiet life, mind our own business and work effectively with our hands, and be a true representative of Christ (1 Thess. 4:11-12).
Jesus told the crowd, “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man” (Matt. 15:11). We are not to slander against one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it (Jas. 4:11). The main reason that people quarrel is due to gossip. Prov. 26:20 says, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” Doeg the Edomite had witnessed David and his army come to Ahimelech the priest at Nob. David and his army were running away from King Saul. Doeg hurried to the royal palace and told King Saul all he saw and all he heard during his stay at Nob and what happened between David and Ahimelech. He acted as a malicious talebearer and slanderer. The result of Doeg’s tale bearing was catastrophic. King Saul ordered Doeg to kill 85 priests, including Ahimelech for supporting David and his men (1 Sam. 22:6-19).
As a believer, “let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Eph. 4:29). You are “not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). Are you leading a quiet life?