God says don't meddle
6.19.15 While starting work this week one of the things we talked about in our orientation was not in so many words but minding other people's business. Do you know anyone that strives minding other people's business. We were talking about this because the orientation said if you are worried about what someone else is doing you must not be doing your own job. It doesn't just happen in the work place it doesn't just happen in the work place it can even happen in the Church. Wow I said that right it even happens in the Church. Sad right? Let's see what the Bible says:
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,
Romans 14:4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
"Go forth and spread the word" didn't mean forcing your opinions down others peoples throats or trying to control what other people do. It seems to me that God specifically went out of his way to teach his followers to avoid that type of behavior.
The Bible tells us that Christians shouldn’t meddle in other people’s business, but to worry about their own affairs. These Scriptures have nothing to do with correcting someone who is rebelling against God, but the Bible says stop being nosy. Don’t put your input on matters that don’t concern you. It only creates more problems. Many people want to know your business not to help, but just to know it and have something to gossip about. When your mind is set on Christ. You won’t have time to meddle in another person’s situations.
In Matthew 7:1-5 we find this warning, "judge not, lest ye be judged". I’ve talked about this before. The verb is krino and literally means to decide what is right or wrong for someone else. Here, Jesus says, it’s not for you to decide what is right or wrong for others. He then goes on to illustrate personal responsibility with the example of the speck that is in another’s eye, compared to the beam that is in your own. It’s a matter of perspective. And if you have the proper perspective, your faults (the beam) should look much larger (seem more important) than the faults of others (the speck). And when you combine His instruction with the illustration He gives, you should conclude that it’s wrong to decide what’s right or wrong for others and it should be your priority to look for and deal with your own faults.
One dictionary defines meddling as.…”to interest oneself in what is not one’s concern : interfere without right or propriety.” the major reason that that should keep us from meddling is that it’s just not our business. More Pastor’s have been hurt, marriages have been broken up, more friendships destroyed, more jobs lost, because of meddling over any other reason. Most of the people who are guilty of what I call, “Being a busybody” claim that they are interfering in the business of others because they care. If they really cared they would be on their knees and praying out of concern, not pointing their fingers in judgement. These “Reasons” for interference can be infidelity, money issues, or even as simple as just not liking someone. No matter what the issue may be, we have to allow God to mend relationships, to restore finances, or even to soften our hearts toward another person. Our meddling in a situation because we see a sin involved will not help anyone because we are sinners ourselves. We have all made mistakes, so when we sit in the chair of judgment and meddling, it’s really just being a hypocrite, because we are all sinners, and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) so when we meddle to “Help” a friend or loved one, then we have become a part of the problem rather than a piece of God’s solution.
So before you decide to meddle in someone's business thank is this Glorifying God. Some people may come to us asking advise but it doesn't mean we should go out and tell others, they are probably telling us in confidence which means they don't want you to share what they've told you.
God I pray if any of my facebook family or friends are guilty of meddling please show them this is wrong. I ask that you please be with my facebook friends and family and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.