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February 2018

According to the Encarta Dictionary (2006 edition), the word good is an adjective indicating that something is approved of or desirable or of a high quality. Neighbourliness is a noun from the adjective neighbourly which means friendly, helpful, and kind, especially to a neighbour. A neighbour is defined as "somebody who lives next door or close to somebody else; a fellow human". The title Good Neighbourliness therefore stresses the vital importance of being helpful or kind to each other in the fear of God.

Text:

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” - 1 John 4:20, 21.

Comment:

Every true Christian should derive joy from being of help to or to be  privileged to be used by God to help his fellow man. A neighbour is not only one who lives near to someone but also anyone who is in need of  help at any time.  Solomon the prophet stated: “Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off”.  - Proverbs 27:10.

It is a matter of great concern that many people have lost the basic ingredients that make for good neighbourliness in a society. The Bible teaches that our love of God is expressed by our love for our fellow man, (1 John 4:7-10, 20, ,21) The philosophy of individualism and materialism that rules the world says “every man for himself and God for us all”.  But this is unchristian. Consequently, interactions between citizens have become more difficult and tense and several communities across the world have become increasingly divided. Christians, as salts of the earth, help to close the divides among people and heal the wounds caused by hatred through their practical show of love for one another. – John 13:34, 35.

 

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