real Christians love their neighbours

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…

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For more tips on being a good neighbour, check out these previous posts:

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/09/am-i-my-neighbours-keeper/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/10/am-i-my-neighbours-keeper-day-2/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/11/how-to-be-a-good-neighbour/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/12/a-good-neighbour-ministers/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/13/who-is-my-neighbour/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/14/be-a-samaritan/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/15/lend-a-helping-hand/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/16/hi-neighbour/

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how to be a good neighbour…

Be a Godly citizen.

“God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list? Walk straight, act right, tell the truth. Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbour; despise the despicable. Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, never take a bribe. You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”

Psalm 15:1-5 MSG

Walk straight!

Act right!

Tell the truth!

When we walk, act, and talk right, the world sees authenticity and a Godly citizen.

Don’t forget, the key is if you desire to share the truth; you need to keep your word so others will not have an excuse not to believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ because of your lies.

We need to live lives so our neighbours, friends, relatives, co-workers, all we have contact with would never have the excuse of calling us a hypocrite and thus harden their hearts to the things of the Lord because of our poor examples.

Let’s hear that same Psalm in a different version:

“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbours or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.”

Psalms 15:1-5 NLT

That’s perfectly describing a Godly citizen, right?

Let’s be people of integrity and do as that Psalm suggests: walk straight, act right, and tell the truth.

This will prove us to be good neighbours and then our neighbours truly will see us…

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Walk the straight and narrow path… Matthew 7.14 paraphrase

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