“Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee” - Proverbs 3:29
The fear of the Lord makes men to depart from evil. This builds confidence and trust, and mutual respect among people. It reduces isolation, suspicion and fears. The Bible says that Joseph in a bid to calm the fears of his brothers told them “for I fear God”. (Genesis 42:18) Our relationship with each other should be devoid of hypocrisy. David the prophet of God declared: “Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts”. (Psalm 28:3)
We should be good to our neighbours for there are many ways our neighbour would be of great help to us. Solomon stated: “Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.” - Proverbs 27:10.