Romans 15:2 — Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
A couple of weeks ago I injured my left hand. Since that time I have had my hand in a splint and have been unable to use it. Now the blessing was that I am right handed but you never know how much you rely on your left hand until you do not have it to use. The little things that I have always used my left hand for in support of my right hand turned out to be pretty important.
There was a time when helping our neighbors was as much a given as paying taxes. With all of the “progress” we have experienced over the last 100 years, like many “values”, being a good neighbor has become a casualty. Back in the day, neighbors helped each other with almost every aspect of life, from raising children, to raising barns. Romans 14:9 – So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
If we learn anything from “the world” it’s to look out for ourselves and take care of “#1”. If we learn anything from the Bible it is to love our neighbor more than our self. Do you have a neighbor or neighbors that you do not know? When was the last time you asked a neighbor if they need some help? Just like the left hand helps the right, We are called to help each other. My world will be much better when I am able to use both hands freely, I have no doubt our world will be better if we would all reach out to our neighbors and give them a “hand”!.
1 Corinthians 10:14 – Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.