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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Love Your Neighbor

In Matthew 5:44 Jesus Christ teaches:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
It is easy to sit on the sidelines and judge people. If we think we are right, are innocent of wrong-doing,  wrongfully judged and deserve legal justice, Christ's teachings are easier to ignore.

In "Neighbors' dispute escalates into all-out legal war," I wonder if any of the parties would have made different choices if they knew what the initial dispute was going to lead to. It has been going on for six years and shows no sign of dissipating.
In that time, their dispute metastasized into a saga involving three separate police investigations, a dead dog, Adolf Hitler's secretary and allegations of forgery and organized crime. It led to the conviction of a decorated cop, the disbanding of the Sultan Police Department and, in March, a $79,146 judgment after a four-day jury trial.
 I feel for both parties. The suffering on both sides is enormous by any calculation. The collateral damage is also horrendous because so much time and resources have been expended by others.


Who will win in the end? I can think of only one party: Satan.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder to mend fences right away before it escalates. I agree that it is so easy to judge. I often hear people say how bad they think someone is who they haven't even had a five minute conversation with for years. If they took a little time to get to know them, they might see that they are good in a lot of ways.

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