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How I Wish Everyone Would Just “Love Your Neighbours as Yourself”

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”.

A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window remained untouched.
A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window but his car remained untouched through the night.

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.

In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.
In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.
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Author:

Jonan Castillon is a servant, pastor, writer, blogger, composer whose mission is to be a life hoist to others through his motivational and inspirational writings.

3 thoughts on “How I Wish Everyone Would Just “Love Your Neighbours as Yourself”

  1. It’s nice to live in such a great place where good people are surrounding you…here in Saudi Arabia, we should see to it that we lock car doors and the main gate; we even install CCTV camera (in case the religious police will visit us during our worship)…praying that someday, our Muslim neighbors will love us that much that they will allow us to worship freely. For now, we are thankful to God that He give us a friendly neighbor who never complains when some members unknowingly park in his parking space during our services.

    1. Nong, that’s understandable because there’s always a part in us that doesn’t want to love esp. when your neighbour has done unlovable things to you or to others.

      On the other hand, when we just focus on doing (persuading or even forcing ourselves) to love our neighbour for the ultimate sake of obeying Christ and we are doing it because of our love for God then things might change.

      We are caught between thinking our neighbour might be “lalaki ang ulo” (swell head) or “ibibigay ang papuri sa Diyos” (giving glory to God) if we love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Praying for you.

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