When a neighbor isn’t so neighborly

Here’s a quick tip. If you can remember only two things from the Bible, remember these: love God, and love your neighbor (see Matt. 22:35–40). Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, for me, at times it’s been easier said than done. It can be tempting to let my follow-through depend on the circumstances.

For example, one morning while living and working abroad, I left the back door to my private garden open as usual to take in some fresh air while I read that week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. After a while, I heard someone knocking on the shared wall between my house and that of my neighbor, whom I knew from occasional, friendly chats. He’d never done this before, but I instinctively knocked back to let him know I was home if he needed anything. To my great surprise, a few minutes later he came over the wall between our gardens and walked through my back door.

Prayer for my city
November 7, 2011

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