Bad Company

15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler (1 Peter 4).

“Troublesome meddler” is one long, seven-syllable word in the Greek, which is a combination of two words: “stranger” and “overseer.” It is yet another word only used by Peter, and found only once here in this letter. It describes a busybody who takes it upon himself to supervise the affairs of others. What is noteworthy here is that it is last in a list of three other quite nefarious deeds—for to be lumped in with “murderers” and “thieves” and just plain “evildoers” puts one in pretty bad company!

Yet how many folks are there who, thinking themselves quite holy and righteous, take it upon themselves to meddle in the affairs of others by giving unsolicited advice or attempting to influence those who would in turn influence their main target. Those who think they are just trying to help may be no better than the someone who kills, steals, and destroys—which is exactly what the devil himself does (John 10:10)!

Lord, let none of us even begin to be busybodies This Day! Amen.