You should mind your own business. 1 Thessalonians 4:11
I am currently in Honolulu, living in a rented room in a crowded neighborhood. I was talking to my mother while getting ready for work a few weeks ago. The next day I received a text from my landlord/roommate telling me the neighbors complained they could hear me making too much noise in the morning. Mind you I have no TV to turn on and the roommate has never been bothered by my morning routine.
Now I don’t have anything to hide. If you lived with me, you would likely find me waking at 4:30am and turning on the coffee maker before heading to the bathroom to brush my teeth and hair. In that moment, however, I was taken back that someone would be annoyed and grateful for the walls and doors we have.
Most of us, at one time or another, have had a neighbor like that. If we are honest, perhaps we’ve been that nosy neighbor. When people live so close together, it’s difficult not to wonder what may be going on behind closed doors. Or in my current case, it’s difficult not to hear them practice their drums or blow their noses.
Perhaps the tendency is one reason why the Bible discusses brotherly love. Paul told believers to mind their own business. Right there, in between the instructions to live quietly and to work hard, is the directive not to peek in your neighbor’s windows. (ok, I’m paraphrasing, but you get the point)
There is no question that we are supposed to love our neighbors. Scripture is quite clear on that subject. But we need to do so without crossing boundaries and complaining for no reason.
Lord, I need help loving neighbors that complain over normal noises. Help me to set a good example by loving my neighbors and concerning myself with my own affairs; and keeping phone calls home to the privacy of my car.