Monday, 12 January 2015

Hey! Neighbour!

In a recent quiet time I was reading Proverbs 11.  There is so much stuff there I considered concentrating on only a few verses at a time.  Isn't it amazing when your focus changes you realize how meaty the Word truly is?

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. 
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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.

God bless
Tracy


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.


22 comments:

  1. Hmmm! Food for thought. I am certainly less charmed with the neighbours that have been cutting my trees.

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    1. Hmmmm Stefanie, fortunately I have not had any run-ins yet with mine and hope not to. I think I may feel as you do though :)
      God bless

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  2. Hmmm - thanks for the challenge!

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  3. Hi Su, challenging neighbours? Praying for you that all becomes harmonious :)
    God bless

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  4. Really loved your words here, Tracy! We used to have a neighbor like that, but there were times when I was very grateful for her. She alerted me to a few things when I was gone that I so appreciated knowing - like a broken water sprinkler once!

    Up here where we live now, we don't really have *neighbors.* The houses are spread apart on acreage, and many people are part-timers. But, we have met many and try to stay on good terms with them. In the mountains, good neighbors help you survive!

    All that being said, I also try to think of how people I meet are also neighbors. And, I try to follow Jesus' example of how to treat them. Still learning...

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, it is true that "everyone" is our neighbour. And its a challenge indeed. However, we have been given our own neighbours on which to practice the love of the Lord :)
      God bless

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  5. Thanks for the revelation from God's words!

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    1. Hi Joy, thank you for popping over and commenting. I appreciate it and will be visiting over at you soon :)
      God bless

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  6. I loved this post. Growing up we had what I though was a nosey neighbor, but actually that was a good thing as it was protection for us active children. Your words of wisdom are well spoken about neighbors in general. Thanks for sharing with us here at "Tell me a True Story."

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    1. Hi Hazel, I suppose its about perception too sometimes :)
      God bless

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  7. You have shared wisdom in how we talk about our neighbors - even if they irk us. I have one right next door so this was convicting :) Thank you!

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    1. Hi there, I know right?! I think its about perceptions too and wisdom. Not to share too much etc. If they are nosey don't give them ammunition, lol
      God bless

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  8. Your honesty is refreshing and your heart so tender toward God.

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    1. Hi there, thank you that is very sweet
      God bless

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  9. Ha. Yes, that one neighbor is being quite, um, over-neighborly I'd say. Hopefully she'll tone it down. Then again, she may turn out to be your favorite when all is said and done--who knows what God will do? :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, exactly, she is very sweet. But I think the responsibility lies with me to keep my privacy safe and share only what I wouldn't mind others knowing. The rest is not theirs to know, lol. And, she could turn out to be a favourite :)
      God bless

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  10. In spite of the way our world and lives work, we can trust only our Lord for where He will put us and when and how. I sure loved the photo of the birds. I'm a "birdy" person. They make me smile even when they aren't doing wonderful things around and about. Thank you for sharing the Words, your words, and the photo. Bless you.

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    1. Hi Caryjo, so true. I found this out the hard way a few years back. So I tend to be overly protective of my space to start off with. But at the end of the day, only the Lord can be fully trusted. And He placed us here as neighbours.... hmmmm....
      God bless

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  11. What a beautiful, true, and edifying post, Tracy! We, too, are very private, and I think it would completely annoy me to have a neighbor make such personal observations. But, as you said, on the other hand, it is a blessing, because she definitely doesn't miss anything!!! And, there could come a day you will need her help, and most of all, your sweet, Christlike behavior may point her to Jesus, should she not already know Him. Oh, there is much at stake in our actions! Lord, help me to be more careful and more tolerant of the annoyances of others! I need a LOT of help in this area, too, and am so thankful for your words here. They did me good. :)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for your observations. We have a feeling that we will be living here a long time and I have every intention of getting on well with my neighbours. So, hopefully in time we find out our mutual cares and likes etc
      God bless

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  12. Yes! Stay positive. That can be so hard. I struggle with that too (with a co-worker who is an extreme worrier. Thank you for sharing!
    www.thewritesoil.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Dawn, yes one must have a positive attitude. And first impressions count sadly. So hopefully her first impressions of us are positive and not negative.
      God bless

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