But we urge you, beloved, to do so[love all the brothers and sisters] more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4: 10b-12)
We live in the era when the world has become a global village. By the click of a button anyone can know what is happening in any corner of the world. Information is at an all-time high, but what happens with that information is not really proportionate with the responses for good that are received. Instead there is an insatiable desire to know, just for the sake of knowing. Not a lot of love, quiet, minding own business, proper behavior going around.
In 1 Peter 3 we are told that a gentle and quiet spirit is very precious in the sight of God. Quietness is cultivated, it cannot be wished upon self or another. To learn not to meddle in other people’s affairs; to learn when to speak and when to keep quiet; to learn what to say, when to say it and how to say it; to learn when to act and when to step back; when to intervene and when to stay put. A quiet spirit, living quietly. This does not mean we raise and become cowards in the face of injustice, evil and wickedness – NO! It means we know when to speak and when to be quiet, and only God can teach us that.
Activity of the Day: Have a discussion with your children about ‘living quietly’ and list down areas which each one of you can begin to cultivate a ‘quiet and gentle spirit’.
Father, you say that a gentle and quiet spirit is pleasing in your eyes. Father would you help us as your children to model such a life to our children. To be people who live quietly. Then Father, teach us to teach our children to be the same. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.