1 Thes 4:11 And to aspire to be quiet and attend to your own affairs and work with your hands, even as we charged you, 2 Thes 3:11 For we hear of some walking among you disorderly, doing no work at all, but being busybodies. (12) Now such ones we charge and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work with quietness and eat their own bread. 1 Tim 5:13 And at the same time they also learn to be idle, going around from house to house; and they are not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
[Part 1 of 2] A busybody wants to be everybody when actually he is nobody. Therefore, Paul charges the busybodies to be ambitious to be quiet. This means that they should have the ambition of calming themselves down. Certainly I would encourage the saints to have more fellowship. But those who are busybodies should be encouraged to be somewhat less active and to be more quiet. They should not seek to be the church information desk or be interested in knowing about others' affairs. Instead, as Paul says, they should attend to their own affairs. Perhaps they should spend more time cleaning house or arranging their things. They should avoid the kind of busyness that damages the church life. Those who are too interested in others' affairs should be ambitious to be quiet and attend to their own affairs. But those who do not care for others and who spend too much time on their own affairs should be encouraged to spend more time caring for others in a proper way. In this matter, because we were born with different dispositions, we all need to be balanced. [continued tomorrow]
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