A neighbour is a person our path cross along life’s sojourn; this is position of our Lord Jesus Christ on who a neighbour is and should be in Luke 10:29-37. Based on this teaching, it’s clear that a neighbour is not only a person living next door.
Its always a great blessing to live in a community with good neighbours; people you enjoy being around and are there even in times of needs. However, the opposite is the case, when faced with neighbours who are difficult, rude or show a lack of consideration for you and the others. you might be tempted to deal with them at the expense of your relationship with God. For the good of a Christian its best to first digest the expectations of God in neighbour – neighbour relationship.
God’s expectations
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝBe truthful to your neighbour -Prov. 29:5; Lev 6:2
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝValue your neighbour -Prov 27:10
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t be a false witness against your neighbour -Prov 25:18
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t be overbearing -Prov.25:17
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝTalkover issues with your neighbours and don’t betray their confidence. -Prov. 25:9
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t be in a hurry to fight your neighbour -Prov 25:8
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t destroy your neighbour secretly -Deut. 27:24
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝHave no sexual relationship with your neighbour’s wife. -Lev 19:20; prov. 6:29
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t defraud your neighbour -Lev.19:13
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝRebuke your neighbour when necessary -Lev 19:18
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝLend to your neighbour -prov 3:28
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t device evil against your neighbour -Prov 3:29
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝDon’t despise your neighbour -Prov 11:12; 14:21
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝLove your neighbour as yourself -Matt. 22:39
These are the ways God expects us to relate with our neighbours; whether those living near us or those in the work place or on a transit.
God knew some of these people would be ‘difficult’ and troublesome, but he instructs his children to relate to them with every sense of responsibility and love. However dealing with the difficult ones, needs extra efforts.
Tips on handling a difficult neighbour
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Be tolerant – this is the key, but there can be a point where tolerance fails to yield peace.
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Be Patience
๐Ÿ‘Be prayerful (Matt 5:44)
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Approach maters with care and wisdom
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Avoid gossips and hearsays – deal with facts
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Make sincere effort to talk over matters
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€Use third party mediation where necessary
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚Forgive more
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš–Seek legal council, when all other sincere effort fails.
Precautionary tips when ever you are in a new neighbourhood:
โœ”Greet warmly
โœ”Be a little reserved; listen carefully
โœ”Don’t gossip.
โœ”Don’t seek support against another.
โœ”Don’t support one against another. Be truthful
โœ”Positively mind your business.
โœ”Borrow less (if you must), lend carefully.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. 12:17-18,21

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Scripted by Ifreke Umanah for


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