Have you ever noticed how some people seem to bring a storm wherever they are? Their lives are seemingly all drama. And then there are others who exude a peace that passes understanding and are a joy to be around. Today’s devotional (to which my friend David Siegfried called my attention) passes on their secret to you. Put it into practice and be a blessing.
Because of Calvary,
11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, (ESV)
“It is the most desirable thing to have a calm and quiet temper, and to be of a peaceable and quiet behavior. This tends much to our own and others’ happiness; and Christians should study how to be quiet. We should be ambitious and industrious how to be calm and quiet in our minds, in patience to possess our own souls, and to be quiet towards others; or of a meek and mild, a gentle and peaceable disposition, not given to strife, contention, or division. Satan is very busy to disquiet us; and we have that in our own hearts that disposes us to be disquiet; therefore let us study to be quiet. It follows, Do your own business. When we go beyond this, we expose ourselves to a great deal of inquietude. Those who are busybodies, meddling in other men’s matters, generally have but little quiet in their own minds and cause great disturbances among their neighbors; at least they seldom mind the other exhortation, to be diligent in their own calling, to work with their own hands; and yet this was what the apostle commanded them, and what is required of us also. Christianity does not discharge us from the work and duty of our particular callings, but teaches us to be diligent therein.” [Daniel Mayo, “An Exposition with Practical Observations, of the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians,” Matthew Henry’s Commentary VI, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, n.d.), p. 632]