Anyway, I digress....
The one verse that stood out for me was vs 9: With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbour, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.
v 12: He who belittles and despises his neighbour lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.
As I read that I was thinking about the mouth, and the power of words to heal or hurt.... But the Lord brought something else to mind.
We moved recently, and I ABSOLUTELY love our new space, I love where it is, I love what it is, I love the neighbourhood. I love the potential of the house! Truly, I love everything about HERE! And I have met 3 of the neighbours. I like them all. But one irks me a little. She is very sweet and friendly and every time we have bumped into her she tells me things like, "I see you water your garden twice a day" and "yes, I see you have redone the (back) garden (where she can't see)". You know, the kind of thing that tells you she kind of knows what goes on around here! Now on one hand that is good. After-all, she would always phone the previous owner to tell her that her garage door was open. Yup, she told us! But on the other hand, we are very private people!
Now feeling this way, I have already told two of my friends that THAT neighbour is nosey etc. I felt the Lord convict me this morning of speaking negatively about my neighbour. If I want a good relationship with my neighbours I need to speak life over them. I need to pray for them and be grateful and thankful for them! I need to honour God with my actions and my words. I don't want to in any way destroy my neighbour.
I think part of understanding Godly wisdom is to start acting on it. Understanding comes from practical application of God's word. So, I state here that I have awesome neighbours. They are a blessing and I believe God has placed us here to bless us with them and I hope we are a blessing to them in return.
Matthew 22 v 37-40 pretty much sums up how we should treat our neighbours:
(37) And He replied to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). (38) This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. (39) And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as [you do] yourself. (40) These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Join me in appreciating and speaking life over our neighbours.
With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.
#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
- It is wise to be friendly to your neighbours, you may need their help one day
- In choosing words that promote life about and to your neighbours, you benefit. In Proverbs 11 v 17 says: The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.
- If one belittles and despises his neighbour it is he or she that looks foolish. The wisdom here is to learn to keep quiet. Maybe we have an annoying neighbour. But our behaviour is in our hands. Better to be silent! That is the wise choice.
- It is biblical that when one sets out to destroy another, that same one is destroyed themselves. How is that in any way wise? It would seem to me that wisdom benefits the one being wise.
- Wisdom is evident in our actions and our WORDS. I need to learn to use them wisely.