(Proverbs 14:21 KJV) He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Are you a cranky “neighbor” (7453)? Am I a cranky neighbor? You will never know. Where we live now the neighbors are far enough away that if they are cranky we will never know. This verse is a reminder that we should be the most pleasant house on the block. That doesn’t mean that you are taking cookies to everyone or mowing their lawn when they are not looking. It does mean that you don’t play loud music at night or clog up the street with wild parties. It might mean bringing in their empty trash cans when they are late getting home.
So? People should know we are nice to live by before they find out we go to church. If we are obnoxious it will not matter how good our pastor is our how friendly our congregation.