But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. – 1 Peter 4:15 (KJV)
Wow! Did you notice something here? Busybodies in other people's affairs are grouped in the same sentence with murderers, thieves, and evildoers.
Take note. This is important.
What is going on in the lives of other people is none of our business, unless they've invited us to pray about events in their life. Even then, the things that are going in in other people's lives are only for us to pray about, privately. We are never to share the events of other people's lives as a topic of conversation.
Don't we have enough to talk about just praisingall day long? That is what we are supposed to be doing – if we really are saved. Jesus should end up being the topic of every conversation we have with saint and sinner alike. And this, not because it is some legalistic rule, but because we are in love.
We are supposed to be in love with Jesus. He is in love with us. He says good things about each of us all day long. He sings love songs over us all day long. Why shouldn't we return this adoration to Him? We should.
Next time someone brings up a juicy conversation about what's going on in someone else's life, turn it around. Tell them what Jesus is doing in your life. Or ask what Jesus is doing in the life of the person you are talking to. They don't know Jesus? What a great opportunity to start talking about Him!
Being a busybody in other people's business won't get anybody saved. In fact, it will do the opposite. But talking about Jesus will get people saved. Try it. You may like it. Jesus will love it! So will the person who gets saved because of it.
Anyone who goes about making conversation of the events in other people's lives is just as guilty of sin as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer. Just as much as a murder will be punished for his or her sin, so will a busybody. Just as much as a thief needs to repent and be converted, so does a busybody.
Today is the day of salvation. Right now at this very moment, Jesus is calling to sinners, “Repent! The kingdom of God is here.” Come home. This very hour is the time to change.
There won't be busybodies in heaven any more than there will be murderers, thieves, fornicators, or any other sinner. It's time to change.
Jesus is calling. He wants to make some changes in our hearts.
Jesus is calling.
What are you going to do?