Do Not Be Ashamed!

I Peter 4: 15-16.

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.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

“If you’re going to suffer, do it for the right reasons,” Peter said. We are not to suffer for wrongdoing, because we are not to be guilty of wrongdoing.

Verse 15 has an interesting list of sins we are to avoid: Murder, theft, evildoing, and being a busybody in other men’s business.

Murder and theft need no explanation. Evildoing, however, covers a wide area. Each of us must search our own hearts, and ask God to search our hearts and reveal to us our guilt for doing that which is evil. Psalm 139: 23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Of special interest to me is the word wicked in v. 25. The strict translation from the Greek is  worry, pain or anger:—displease, grieve, hurt, make, be sorry, vex, worship, wrest.

Worry. Anxiety, pain, anger, being displeased, grieved, hurt, vexed, or idolatrous. That list certainly speaks to me! Rarely do we consider worry as sin. In fact, we tend to think that being worried just shows how much we care, and we consider it a virtue. But God says we are to cast ALL our cares on Him (I Peter 5:7). We are to fret not because of evildoers (Psalm 37:1).

And then there is that final word, busybody. According to Strong’s numbers, a busybody in other men’s affairs is one who one “takes the supervision of affairs pertaining to others and in no wise to himself, a meddler in other men’s affairs.” He is a person who takes charge of something that is none of his business. He ranks right up there with murderers, thieves, and evildoers of all sorts.

Christians should never be rightfully accused of such behaviors. If we are to suffer, it should be in the Name of Jesus, and for His glory.

3 thoughts on “Do Not Be Ashamed!

  1. 1 Peter 5:7. I’m praying to the Lord to help me cast all my cares on Him. The wild fires here in New Mexico are very bad. Yesterday we had two emergency alerts on our cell phones. Most of the fires and evacuations are at least a couple of hundred miles away, but one fire, a few days ago, was just forty miles away. The sun shining through all that smoke turned the air outside an eerie orange red.

    And then there’s my heart. It hasn’t been beating right. My doctor ordered a portable heart monitor, which I wore for 48 hours, last Thursday through Saturday morning. I experienced 24 palpable heart arrhythmias during that time, one that I thought was never going to stop. Now I am waiting for a cardiologist to go over my 48 hour record and tell me what needs to be done.

    In a little over 3 hours, an exterminator is going to spray our house for Arizona Bark Scorpions, which we keep finding in our house. They can be deadly to pets, small children, and the elderly. So I will take our 3 dogs and go for a ride in the truck while the guy sprays. Years ago, I had a very bad anaphylactic shock reaction to a pesticide spray. I know this guy won’t be using the spray that I am allergic to. But still…. it’s scary. The wild fires. The toxic scorpions. The pesticide spray. And my heart.

    I’ve been trying to write a blog post about all this, called Heart Issues. Having trouble putting the words together. What you have written here is helpful. Thank you!

    Casting all my cares on Him. He’s got me, I know He does. The Lord will never ever leave His children. I trust Him…. even when I feel like my heart is in my throat.

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    1. Oh. Linda. That’s so MUCH to be dealing with! I’s so sorry, and I wish there were something I could to help. Well, there is.

      Dear Father, I pray that You would hold Linda close in your arms right now, this very minute, giving her the calm and confidence to give her burdens to You. Help her rest tonight. Give the doctors wisdom to deal with her heart. And Lord, please protect everyone in the path of those fires. You could send rain! You are the Creator of the weather. I ask You now to protect and defend those who are in danger, and to put these fires on a path away from physical danger for those living in the area. I pray for the firefighters. Give them strength, Lord, and protect them from harm.
      I ask all this in Jesus’ Name,
      Amen.

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