Proverbs 3:28-29 – Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
Have you ever had a troublesome neighbor? Most of us have had to endure noise or damage to our propert or worse from those who live and work around us. Our nature tells us to avoid or even scorn these individuals. We might even be tempted to answer in kind if we have been hurt. Jesus teaches a better way.
You almost certainly know this already, but it bears repeating. When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment, the Lord said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). Second only to the love of God, the love neighbors should guide our actions.
This love is the basis of any civilized relationship. It should dictate our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Love cannot simply be felt. It must be acted upon. So the next time your neighbors need you, do to them not as they deserve. Treat them the way you want to be treated. Love them.
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).