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verses 9-11: “With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is glad shouting. By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.”

The toast of the town. Getting the key to the city. The talk of the town. The pride of the community. “Won’t you be my neighbor?” (with a sentimental thanks to Mister Rogers!)

All of these phrases point to the fact that, unless you are a hermit, we do live in groups with other people: communities, towns, cities, society. We have neighbors. In most cases, this is good. I grew up in a small town, where most everyone knew everybody else. There was a sense of security in knowing your neighbors, interacting with your neighbors, and being friends with them. In a way, it made your own family bigger.

Just as in your own immediate family, when things are going well for you, your community (neighbors) rejoice with you. I think of times when couples bring home a new baby from the hospital, how all the neighbors wanted to come visit and offer congratulations. I remember the times when tragedy struck, when neighbors would come by to see if they could lend a hand.

Sometimes you have those in the community, who do nothing but make trouble. I recall the old sayings I’d hear my parents say about a troublemaker: “tarred and feathered” and “being run out of town on a rail”! A wicked person’s behavior was not tolerated long.

As Christians, we need to be good neighbors. We need to reach out to our neighbors; we also need to invite them to the community we are members of, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Because one day, we’ll move away from the old neighborhood…and settle in at a new, heavenly address. Until then, be a pillar in the community for Christ; don’t be a pillar of salt.

Have a blessed day!

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