A Good Neighbor

In the biblical sense, a neighbor is anyone with whom you come in contact. In response to the question,  “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan. Three people passed by a man who had been robbed and beaten. Two ignored him. One was compassionate and helped him. Jesus then asked the lawyer who had posed the question to Him, “Which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” He responded properly,”He who showed mercy.”

Stephanie, Sharon and TinaA neighbor is also – and more likely to be – defined as someone who lives close to your own dwelling.

A good neighbor is a treasure – figuratively and literally.

I am very blessed. I live in a neighborhood where neighbors look out for each other. We have had neighbors help us with all sorts of things – gathering mail when we are gone, informing us of unwanted animals around our house (raccoons in particular), notifying us of large packages that were delivered on our porch while we were out and other various things.

I live in a neighborhood where people share – vegetables from their gardens and pecans from their trees. Occasionally when a neighbor cooks a large dish for dinner, she will share a portion of it with us.

In our neighborhood, one can borrow a tool that is needed for a short-term project rather than buy one. That saves both money and time.

In turn, we try to be good neighbors as well. We have an alley – a common area in back of our home. There is no sense in measuring where our yard ends and another begins when mowing. If the overgrown grass cannot be seen by a neighbor even though it is on their side of the property, it takes me just a minute to mow it.

These principles are biblical. God knows that we benefit from good neighbors and being good neighbors ourselves.

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have it with you. Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake (Proverbs 3:28-29).

Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away (Proverbs 27:10).

Love does not harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10).

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14).





2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nancy Williams on July 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    A good neighbor is truly a blessing! We too are blessed with good neighbors.


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