“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” - Proverbs 19:17.
One of the issues that affects GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS among people is the wide gap between the rich and the poor. This breeds mistrust, malice and even crime. Poverty fuels division and conflict. It breeds apathy, doubts and rejection. “The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends”. “All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.” (Proverbs 14:20; 19:7) Because most of the people live in poverty, governments or leaders that help the poor are highly commended in the Bible while those that neglect and oppress the poor are counted as wicked. Scripture says: “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16, 17) The community or nation would be a better place when people are considerate of the poor. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” - Proverbs 29:2.