April 14, 2018
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7
A few years ago, my husband and I decided to build a new house. We found a building lot in a nice neighborhood, and it did not take long for us to become the new owners of that piece of land. The lot had a great deal of underbrush and trees that needed to be cleared, so one day we went to see what it would take to get the job done. As my husband strolled around and inspected the lot, I waited in our car.
The man who lived directly across the street came over to our car and started talking angrily to me about how bad the lot would look if it were cleared off. He did not at all like the fact that someone was going to build a house there.
A few days later, the men we hired to do the job cleared off the lot, and during the process they knocked the neighbor’s mailbox down, breaking the post off at ground level. My husband hurried over to the neighbor’s house and apologized for the accident. Then he repaired the mailbox.
After our house was finished, we decided to encase our mailbox in a brick mailbox holder. We offered to place the neighbor’s mailbox in it also, as the boxes were right next to each other. Our neighbor said that he would have to see how it looked before deciding. He was not very gracious about our offer, but when my husband described it to him, he grudgingly agreed to consider our proposal.
We bought the new mailboxes, and the brick looked terrific with the two mailboxes set in side by side. We even bought new numbers for the front of his box when we bought them for ours.
That small act of kindness by my husband made a good neighbor out of a potentially bad one. He and his wife became the best of neighbors, and since that first encounter they have been helpful to us in many ways. This did not happen by chance; it happened because living by the teachings of the Bible brings positive results in our lives. As we choose to act in ways that are pleasing to the Lord, He will bless us, and even our enemies will find it difficult to fight with us.
Dear Lord, My desire is to please You in all things. Continue to teach me how to be a peacemaker for You in every situation. Amen.