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Let's be good to our neighbors

Posted on June 9, 2021

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Donna Crowe

Donna Crowe

One television show I make sure not to watch is the one about bad neighbors.

It’s not a show about neighbors with an annoying, yappy little dog or an oversize flagpole in their front yard. Or neighbors with oak trees that drop tons of leaves in your yard. Instead, it’s a show about neighbors who send nasty notes and drag out a shotgun and kill you.

How scary it would be to have such neighbors. I don’t even like to watch such a show.

So far, my husband and I have not had any trouble with our neighbors. We work hard to get along with them and be good to them. And our neighbors have been reasonable.

The Book of Proverbs contains some advice about neighbors in the following verses: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is within your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbors, ‘Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it.’ Do not devise evil against your neighbor, who lives securely beside you. Do not quarrel with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm” (3:27-30).

We think of a neighbor as someone who lives near us, but Jesus defined the term more broadly when a lawyer asked Him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

When Jesus asked him what was written in the law, the lawyer quoted Scripture, saying we are to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. When Jesus affirmed that answer, the lawyer then asked, “And who is my neighbor?”

Do you remember how Jesus answered him? He answered by telling the story of the Good Samaritan, the story of the man who helped the fellow who’d been robbed, beaten and left naked by the side of the road. Jesus concluded by saying that the Good Samaritan proved himself a neighbor and we should go and do likewise (Luke 10:25-37).

So, let’s be good to our neighbors, no matter where they live.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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