Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
Seeing a video on Facebook about how thieves operate in a particular country 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 rule is 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” their primary selling points. Some would even attach the term “exclusive community”.
We thank the Lord for enabling us to live in a community with firm neighbourhood values.
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 someone vandalised his car.
Well, we could say he was just lucky. How about these?
We lived 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 apologised for disturbing us. Then she told us that we had left our car door open.
Yes, it was wide open because our 7-year-old forgot to close it after getting off the car. Our car is parked on the street.
Living in Timaru now, one of our Kiwi friends noticed how I would unlock and lock the door.
I told him that it’d always been a habit in the Philippines to keep the door locked even if we were 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, “Oh, Jonan, you don’t trust your neighbours?”
I blushed and laughed, telling him, “It’s just a hard habit to break, mate.”
These are just bits and pieces of why New Zealand is the safest country in the world.
When people bind the law “Love your neighbour as yourself” in their hearts, there will be much peace and order in the community.