We have a neighbor that makes this extremely difficult, throws trash in our back yard to include chicken bones that could seriously hurt our dogs. Speaking of dogs, he breed his then kept them locked up separate from their mother except for a few hours a day so she could feed them – only after a visit from the humane society. He and his significant other have drunk arguments until the wee hours of the morning OUTSIDE. When he is not drunk, he is polite keeps his lawn mowed, over waters the lawn running into ours. (oops that is another negative)
He probably doesn’t like that we struggle to keep ours mowed especially this year. We aren’t perfect neighbors, our lawn and house need work.
I am sure everyone has a neighbor that they don’t exactly like. I know some of our neighbors don’t exactly like us. The one complains about how we need to paint our house and fix the driveway all the time.
I remember the one time that I tried to talk to her; she just ignored me. Her dog had gotten out of the yard when they were gone. We placed the dog in our back yard. I just waited for one of the kids to get home.
So how do you love that neighbor? What can you do? Sometimes the best way you can show love to your neighbor is to pray for them. I try not to make my prayer sound grumble grumble. Instead I try to say Dear Lord, he is drinking in his hot tub alone again Lord, Keep him from passing out. In my imperfect human mind, at this time it is the best I can manage. I pray that God helps me in this because I know on my own; yeah there are nights when they are screaming obscenities at each other and I have to get up in the morning, I have very unkind thoughts running through my head. So on my own, there is no way that I can love them. On my own, the best I can do is smile and wave when they go by. Smile and wave when we are all outside. But with Jesus’ help someday I will show them His love. Just Lord forgive me it is not today they are yelling again. Tomorrow I will try again but for tonight, I am just going to try to ignore them.
Leviticus 19: 17-18: 17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.