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What do your neighbors think of you?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –– If a survey were conducted
of our neighbors, hopefully they would describe us as ...
And hopefully they wouldn’t use words such as ...
Having a good reputation among our neighbors is important
because it directly influences their openness to the gospel. Most likely they
won’t listen to what we have to say about Jesus if we rub them the wrong way.
I remember one believer who planted a large sign in his
front yard. It read, “Repent
— or die in hell.” His
motive was pure and his message scriptural, but his method needed refinement.
His neighbors felt his condemnation but didn’t sense his love.
Luke 10:27 says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” A good
reputation in the community must be earned through compassion, friendliness and
generosity. Perhaps now is a good time to do something nice for your neighbors
— to let them know Jesus loves them and you do, too.
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