Be A Good Neighbor
You are God's representative and He wants you to treat those around you right.
PHILIPPIANS 2:4 NKJ
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
MATTHEW 7:12 NKJ
12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
MATTHEW 5:16 NKJ
16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
MATTHEW 22:39 NKJ
39 "And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
Who Is A Neighbor?
When Jesus was asked by someone who his neighbor was (Luke 10:29), Jesus responded by telling the story of the good Samaritan -- who helped a stranger in need who was laying by the roadside. Then, in verse 37, Jesus told the man to go and do like the good Samaritan.
A neighbor is someone who is near-by wherever you are.
Jesus Will Reward You
MATTHEW 25:37,40 NKJ
37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
40 "And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
EPHESIANS 6:8 NKJ
8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
Five of the ten commandments relate to being a good neighbor. They are:
EXODUS 20:13-17 NKJ
13 "You shall not murder.
14 "You shall not commit adultery.
15 "You shall not steal.
16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
Old Testament Instruction
EXODUS 22:14 NKJ
14 "And if a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it becomes injured or dies, the owner of it not being with it, he shall surely make it good.
LEVITICUS 19:18 NKJ
18 `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
LEVITICUS 19:13 NKJ
13 `You shall not defraud your neighbor, nor rob him. . . .
LEVITICUS 25:14 NKJ
14 `And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor's hand, you shall not oppress one another.
DEUTERONOMY 19:14 NKJ
14 "You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set . . . .
PROVERBS 24:29 NKJ
29 Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."
PROVERBS 25:17 NKJ
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.
HABAKKUK 2:15 NKJ
15 "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, pressing him to your bottle, even to make him drunk, that you may look on his nakedness!
PSALM 101:5 NKJ
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy . . . .
PROVERBS 24:28 NKJ
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, for would you deceive with your lips?
PROVERBS 26:18-19 NKJ
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, "I was only joking!"
ZECHARIAH 8:16-17 NKJ
16 These are the things you shall do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
17 let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,' says the Lord."
PROVERBS 3:28 NKJ
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it," when you have it with you.
EPHESIANS 4:25 NKJ
25 Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
How To Act
COLOSSIANS 3:8-9,12-14 NKJ
8 But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
HEBREWS 13:1-3 NKJ
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also.
Love Your Neighbor
ROMANS 13:9-10 NKJ
9 . . . if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
ROMANS 15:2 NKJ
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
GALATIANS 5:14 NKJ
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
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