So often in today’s society, neighbours, even living right next door or in the same complex, don’t know each other. I find that sad and perplexing. We were made for community and yet we don’t find it in the community that is closest to us. It is our duty and obligation to get to know those who are in close proximity in our lives whether that is at home, work, or establishments we frequent often as restaurants, stores, barber shoppes, etc. It is then that we can begin to build a relationship of trust. Once this takes place, when trials come in others’ lives, we can be there for them.
In meantime, you can help bring groceries in for someone elderly or who has a broken limb or better yet, go get the shopping done for them.
How about giving new parents the night off for a date while you care for their little ones?
Visit those recovering from surgery or who no longer can go out.
On warm days when others are outside, don’t just wave or walk by; stop and say hi! That might just be the start of something special.
Know your neighbours well enough to know their dislikes and likes and act on what you know.
What other ideas do you have ?
The bottom line is this: real Christians love their neighbours. We can’t love if we don’t know them intimately. I challenge you to make more of an effort to do so. Get creative and invite them for dinner or start your own NBC.
(See this blog post to know what that means: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/06/12/nbc/ )
And here is some characteristics of a good neighbour straight from God’s instruction book to us. We should apply them daily:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2.3
“…be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” Mark 12.31b
“encourage one another and build each other up” I Thessalonians 5.11
“carry each other’s burdens” Galatians 6.2
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” Hebrews 13.1
And the key is this:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5.14
Yes, real Christians love their neighbours. When we do, others will see us…
For more tips on being a good neighbour, check out these previous posts:
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