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.