Hello mi neighbour
HELLO MI neighbour! Just look at the cost of hatred in our world and you'll understand the wisdom behind the command to love thy neighbour as thyself for the well-being of all. In the United Kingdom alone, where it is argued that hatred is behind separation or divorce among couples, there is an alleged cost of £5.7 billion annually. When hatred leads countries or communities into war, thousands of lives are lost and trillions of dollars go down the drain. Can our world really afford hatred?
Hatred may be triggered by jealousy, skin colour, betrayal, provocation, envy, dishonesty, and so on. Whatever the trigger, hatred is deadly and is to be avoided at all cost!
One may argue convincingly against the reality of a peaceful society borne out of love for others. In our world, hatred is as natural as walking. People have been hating one another from the dawn of creation. Through hatred (sparked by jealousy), our first brother, Cain, killed his younger brother, Abel (see Genesis). So where do we go?
No one denies that to hate is easy, especially when pushed by disgusting people. But we have choices. We were made with the capacity to love and we can choose to love, and reap good results, or hate, and reap bad results.
If we were mindless, helpless little robots on this planet, who couldn't choose between love and hate, no one could lay criminal charges against us for defrauding, robbing, or maiming another human being. Members of the clergy would not remind of a day when all secrets will be revealed, as often heard at funerals. Get the pic?
Lest we think that because hatred is commonplace and affects almost everyone at varying degrees, those who practise it have an excuse, rethink!
And here is the deal: We can start loving one another as self by asking the Father of love for the wisdom and power to perform acts of kindness. As we perform these acts of kindness, before long, we'll experience a lifestyle change which can rid us of all traces of hatred.
And now for a little homework: take a look at what love has done to our world and compare it to the effects of hatred.
Come een, Dennis Brown:
Love and hate can never be friends
Oh no, oh no
Here I come with love and not hatred
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow I
All the days of I life
Envy no one, no wish to be with no evil man
For there'll come the day
When you'll be whipped by the Father's hand
Thought: Your best might not be good enough, but do it anyway
1. Neighbour, for offering a TV to another neighbour.
2. Dorian, St Andrew, for offering item badly needed for school.
3. Anna, St Elizabeth, for offering female clothing.
4. Neighbour, for donation of clothing for females.
5. Neighbour, for offering children's clothing.
n Pauline, St Catherine: Son has not been to school since September - no money to purchase anything or pay fees.
n Sandica, St Catherine: Single mother - has no furniture. Asking for a bed and a dresser.
n Kereta, St Mary: Stroke victim trying to make a living. Needs 12 sheets of zinc to construct a foul coop.
n Marlene, fire victim, lost everything - now sleeps on the ground. Asking for a bed and a television.
n Neighbour, former language teacher who has developed mental problems, needs housing accommodation to get back on his feet.
n Neighbour, little house has neither windows nor doors, asking for neighbours' help to acquire same.
n Neighbour, St Elizabeth: Young Christian barber asking for a barber chair to serve his community while making a living.
n Neighbour, asking for a walker for a needy neighbour.
n Stephanie, St Catherine: Unemployed - bills are piling up. Asking neighbours for a second table saw to help make a living.
n Angelena, Manchester: Needs a little piece of land to build a room in the Manchester area.
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