Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
Seeing a video on Facebook about how thieves (called ‘sliders’) operate in the US sparked my wishful thinking.
Indeed, when we love our neighbour as we love ourselves, there’s always peace and order in the community.
Committing to this law is much much cheaper than building a fence or installing a state-of-the-art security surveillance system.
Real estate developers in the Philippines try to recreate a neighbourhood and make “peace and order”, “security” and “safety” as their primary selling point. Some would even attach the term “exclusive community”.
We thank the Lord for making it possible for us to live in a community where neighbourhood values are very strong.
A schoolmate who lived in downtown Auckland, parking on the street for the night forgot to close his car window. He was so happy nothing was lost nor his car was ever touched.
Well, we could say he was just lucky.
How about these.
We were living in Forrest Hill, Auckland and we were about to sleep at past 10:00 PM when someone knocked on our door.
It was our Korean neighbour. She apoligised for disturbing us. Then she told us that we left our car door open.
Yes it was wide open because our 7-year-old forgot to close it after getting off the car and we’re just parking on the street.
Living in Timaru now, one of our Kiwi friends noticed how I would unlock and lock the door when he comes to visit.
I told him that it’s been a habit in the Philippines to always keep the door locked even if we’re in the house.
There was a time we get off my car as I parked on the side street. Then I locked the doors. He said out loud, “Oh Jonan, you don’t trust your neighbours?”
I blushed a bit and laughed telling him, “It’s just a hard habit to break, mate.”
Well, these are just bits and pieces of why New Zealand is the safest country in the world.
I do believe when people bind the law “Love your neighbour as yourself” in their hearts there would be much peace and order in the community.