Lenten Day 11: BUSYBODY AND PERJURY
BUSYBODY AND PERJURY
PROVERBS 6:16-19, REFS.: EZEKIEL 17:16, COLOSIANS 8:9, John 8:44
Text: PROVERBS 6:16-19
Memory Verse: PROVERBS 6:19 ‘A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’
BUSYBODY is a meddling or prying person. It is also a description of persons who are too interested in things that do not involve them.
PERJURY is the offence of willfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath.
The text actually outlines a few grievous sins that God finds really repulsive.
It crowns it by declaring that the chief repulsive sin is he that sows discord among brethren. How is this actually accomplished?
Through busybody lifestyle and lying to people, the kind that breaks trust. When people degenerate to the point of lying to those that trust them, it reveals the worst kind of treachery.
This study will expose how busybody attitude can destroy a fellowship and the consequences of telling lies under an oath of friendship, or even a formal inquest.
The study will, most of all, treat the solution for busybody and perjury.
THE EFFECTS OF BUSYBODY AND PERJURY
Busybody is the act of concerning one with other people’s business when it doesn’t involve them.
It is a result of a flippant tongue and an unhealthy desire to be noticed. All these are products of the adamic nature.
The flesh is always looking for attention and affirmation. It doesn’t like to be neglected or embarrassed. So a person under the full weight of the flesh will seek affirmation continuously by meddling in other people’s concerns.
The truth is that such a person cannot be trusted. The book of Proverbs 10:19 teaches that when talk is too much, sin becomes inevitable.
Such much talk usually causes a flow of misinformation and breeds discord among brethren. It scatters the church and accomplishes the purpose of the devil.
Perjury is a wicked act. It is the act of lying to people who have trusted such a person. It legally means to lie under oath.
A person who can lie under oath will have no issue with lying even when trusted. The truth is that a lie will not run forever.
It will eventually be found out.
A person who lies has a very poor self-esteem. He seeks validation by telling lies. It is also a very selfish lifestyle. It destroys trust and relationships.
DEALING WITH BUSYBODY AND PERJURY
Both acts have their root cause in the flesh. They reveal an inaccurate estimation or poor judgment of one’s self worth. It should never be part of a believer’s life.
But in the event a believer suffers from this vice, it implies that he has been very distant from his Bible and has been trying to solve the intimidations of life by worldly standards.
So he needs to understand that if a man is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature. This means a believer’s worth is measured by the worth of the blood of Jesus Christ.
The value of the nature of Christ is the worth of a believer. Once a believer understands this, it will curb that desire to be accepted or affirmed. This is because, in Christ, we are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
Secondly Jesus says He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Anyone who lies speaks the language of the devil.
When a believer starts lying, it means his prayer life is already dead. This is evidence that he is under a major satanic attack. It is the nature of a believer to always speak the truth, whether under oath or not.
So to deal with it, he needs to return to his altar of prayers to regain his stand in Christ.
Any person not born again cannot stand the vice of lies or of busybody unless they are by nature self-disciplined. Even this discipline cannot stand the onslaught of the devil.
This is because an unbeliever is by nature a slave of the devil and an object of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:1-2).
So the only genuine solution is to get born again and to begin a genuine walk with Christ by getting involved in all the spiritual exercises necessary for kingdom growth.
Super Apostle Immanuel Umezeoke.