2 Thessalonians 3:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies
while mothers-in-law have reputation for being prime meddlers, they have not cornered the market on this vice.
Men, relatives, co-workers and well meaning friends are also prone to prying from time to time.
Unlike gossips, meddlers usually seek personal information directly from their subjects.
In all fairness, not everyone who makes inquiries is meddling. Many are sincerely interested in helping others.
Whether you are genuinely concerned or just plain curious, be especially careful to avoid probing.
It is best to wait for someone to volunteer detailed information about his personal health.
if you are prone to natural curiosity, you must make a special effort to keep you inquisitiveness. within the bound of what is socially and spiritually appropriate.
In some situation you may have no intentions of prying, however you may still run the risk of your inquisitiveness offending others.
He/she was not a child and could manage her affair just fine.
Even if you feel you have earned the right to stick your nose into the situation , walk softly. You might want to pray about it first and leave the matter to God. He is always better at influencing circumstances than we are.
Do I have a sincere, unselfish motive for prying into this matter, or am I attempting to control thing for my desired objectives?
Proverbs 26:17New King James Version (NKJV)
17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
1 Peter 4:15-16New Living Translation (NLT)
15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
Someone once said that one reason why people who mind their won business are succsessful is that they have so little competition.
2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
Jonah knew God is gracious and compassionate. God wants to bring salvation of the Great City of Nineveh! Nineveh was the Capital City of Assyria; the city full of wickedness. Though Jonah was running away, his thoughts are little far more than the thoughts and ways of God. He was afraid that the Land might destroy him and our God. He considered Nineveh as the enemy not worthy to be saved or impossible to change. However God has a great heart because it turns out God has a great heart for the Great City. Jonah is quoting here the famous confession of God’s identity in the history of Israel, when God revealed himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. God’s love manifests itself in his accessibility to all, regardless of our reputation, nationality and race. His Grace doesn’t reach only to Israelites but to everyone.
Jonah is really ” the patron saint of refused calling”
He calls, then one called resist for one reason or another and then there is a decision.
Bible is God’s Story.
Nineveh was the capital of Assyria. Assyria was the great world power. ” The City of Blood” as per Nahum.
Tarshish had a great wealth. It was pioneer in trade commerce over the sea was kind of like new technology and making some people rich.
He converted the sailors ” Mass Gentile conversion” Pagan boat becomes a place of worship.
Jonah was inside the fist for 3 days and 3 nights.
Priest- served in the temple , offered sacrifices , they led worship
Prophet- A reformer, activist- kind of trouble maker pricking people’s conscience.
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
“GOD IS GOD OF THE OPE DOORS…
“He opens doors all around, boundless opportunities to contribute to humanity in ways large and small, to make our lives count for eternity….”