Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mind Your Own Affairs

Here I sit, desiring to be in God’s word, when I still have a ton of reading to finish for my university classes. But then I ask myself, “Which is more important?” God’s word, of course!

11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. ESV.)

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. (Proverbs 17:14. ESV.)

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. (Proverbs 20:3. ESV.)

Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. (2 Thessalonians 3:12. ESV.)

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. (2 Thessalonians 3:11. ESV.)

But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. (1 Peter 4:15. ESV.)

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. (Romans 13:13. ESV.)

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (Colossians 4:5. ESV.)

When you look back on your life, are there ever any moments when you wonder, “Why did I do that?” Or, “Why did I do things that way, then?” Maybe you see an old picture and think, “Why does my hair look like that?!” Or perhaps when you watch old home movies you cringe at the clothes your children had to wear or how unkept they seem…though healthy looking and happy. Perchance you were not present for a very special event in the life of a loved one. Do you ever ponder, “What was I thinking?”

I feel the same can be said when we look on the life of another. It is so easy to wonder, “Why is he/she doing that like THAT?” The answer in both circumstances is the same: there were/are contributing factors that cannot be seen. When gazing at the past, those “factors” are forgotten. When looking on others, it is of no one’s business than those involved.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10. ESV.)
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