August 8, 2012

A thing about Busy Bodies

One thing I love about the Bible is that everything you need or will go through is already there with advice and wisdom. With this you can truly see how God really does cares for and love us. He sees and knows everything, even when you don’t think He does. Today blog is about Busy Bodies. Yes, we all know one! That’s why I feel it’s important to understand the impact a busy body may have in your walk with God. I always notice that people, who basically don’t have a life, always find time to be in yours. I can honestly tell you I’m so occupied with the things I need to do, I literally don’t have the time to be checking up on what someone else is doing. My schedule just doesn’t allow me to do this, I’m constantly on the go trying to accomplish God’s will for my life. Yet busy bodies always and I mean always have the time. Some of you may be wondering what exactly is a busy body ?

A busy body is basically a nosy person, a person who is always in someone else business but their own. They always feel like they must KNOW what everyone else is doing, what the other person is up to and whatnot. They are also gossipers, backbiters, and slanders and 99% of the time they will report what they “found out” in a negative way even when the real story is not negative. This is where you have to be careful of what you hear from other people’s mouth especially; when you, yourself don’t know the person they are talking about. Busy bodies are trouble makers, they will cause many trouble among people. They can cause you to have a harden heart against others, envy, jealously, dislike and treat people bad even though you don’t even know the person! Because this is how they truly feel about whoever they are talking about and they want you to feel the same way and be on their side. Don’t fall for this trick. Busy bodies are very dangerous to your spiritual walk. All they want to do is sow negative, evil seeds into your life and this is why you must always be alert. It’s easy to get involve in gossiping and “getting the 411” but God still does not like this behavior and He disapprove of it and you can’t say you love God yet still do the very things He hates. Going around getting in people’s busy and talking negative about people, actually comes from a evil heart, Luke 6:45 (AMP)”The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Interestingly, the bible has several references about busy bodies and gossipers, so this is a very serious matter.

1 Timothy 5:13 (AMP) “Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention”.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 (AMP)” Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work.”

Proverbs 20:19 (MSG) “Gossips can't keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths.”

Proverbs 10:18 (AMP)”He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a [self-confident] fool.”

Romans 1:29 (NIV) “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips.”

So how do you keep yourself from falling into the trap of being a busy body or even not participating in their nonsense?

First, always remember anyone who talks bad about someone else, will and it’s a guarantee that they will also say something negative about you to someone else as well.

Secondly, remove yourself from this act. Do not participate in it. Don’t ask to know even if you heard something and most importantly if you hear or see something don’t go around telling others. 1 Peter 2:1 (AMP) “So be done with every trace of wickedness (depravity, malignity) and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind.” Start renewing your mind concerning these acts, Romans 12:2.

Thirdly, you are going to have to stop and/or limit your association with people who continuously practice this act and refuse to stop. We all have areas we deal with but this does not excuse us from doing the right things in God eyes. Moreover, the Holy Spirit will prompt you about what is not right and who is not right, listen to Him. That annoy feeling that you get when you are around certain people who are constantly being busy bodies and gossiping is the Holy Spirit prompting you, listen and remove or limit your relationship with them. The last thing you want in your spiritual walk is to go from good to bad. Proverbs 20:19 –“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.”

Busy bodies and gossipers don’t realize that there are consequences of being a busy body, no one will want them around, and they will often be excluded out of people’s life; as you can see in Proverbs 20:19 the bible says to avoid them. At the end of the day, what they are doing is really gossiping and God doesn’t want us to participate in it, in any way, shape or form of gossiping. Moreover, this type of behavior hinders you spiritual growth. Remember one of the seven things God hate is gossiping, Proverbs 6:16-19. You don’t need to be in everyone business and life will be so much peaceful when you are not involve in other people's drama, trust me! And another thing, you don't won't to get caught up with the He/She said mess. The will of God for YOUR life should be sufficient enough to keep you busy and out of other people's business. And remember when someone brings gossip to your door; ask yourself how is this adding positively to my life?

Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV)