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“Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” - Deuteronomy 4:6.


The laws given us by God are to ensure good relations or good neighbourliness, which is a mark of the health or well being of a people. It is a powerful support for coping with the day-to-day stresses of life.   A community where people love one another has the capacity to cope with change and resolve tensions between different groups. St. Paul says, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) The importance of neighbourliness in sustaining people and contributing to their well-being includes determining to do unto others as we want them to do for us, respect for elders, appreciation for good done to one, discipline, contentment, maintaining stable families and so on. (Matthew 7:12;Job 36:10-12; 1 Timothy 6:6-10) We should remember to always do those things that set us out as Christians. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” - Titus 2:14, 15.

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