The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:9-10 NIV

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Love Your Neighbour As Yourself

Whether it’s with a helping hand or simply a wave and a smile, having trustworthy neighbours can be one of the essential qualities of a desirable neighbourhood. The degree to which someone trusts their neighbours may also reflect how safe they feel in their home or leaving their property unattended. Data collected by Statistics Canada from April to June 2022 showed that just 53% of Canadians aged 15 years and older said that they trust many or most of the people in their neighbourhood.

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I have friends who have a neighbour who is making life miserable for them. Our friends have a home that has a view of a beautiful lake – or did have until they put the house on the market and the neighbour decided he didn’t want them to sell the house. He just built a 10-foot fence that blocks the view. Getting along with neighbours is too often challenging. We think of neighbours as those who live near us, but the Bible has a much broader definition of a neighbour. In Romans 13:9-10 the apostle Paul writes: “The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” In this case, a neighbour is anyone with whom we relate. It includes family members, friends, co-workers. The point is simple – we are to love others as ourselves. How much better this world would be if we could simply put this into practice.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley