Do not gossip or argue with your neighbor,
Help him both in times of leisure and labor;
Do not hate your brother within your heart,
You shall cause the Lord our God to depart;
With your neighbor ensure a wise critique,
Causing no sin rather a tactical technique;
Do not try to avenge or even bear a grudge,
Because it is not up to us anyone to judge;
Love your neighbor as of yourself instead,
For the Lord does not want any sorehead.
I know how hard getting along with others,
Bad enough living with sisters and brothers;
But hanging on to grudges with bitterness,
Gives a sour taste that leads to vulgarness;
It blockades your space for any blessing,
That God could be for you be addressing;
Look to God and He will help you tolerate,
That person you wish you could terminate;
Removing from your heart of any cynicism,
Insert love and mercy to replace criticism.
Richard Newton Sherrer
Copyright 2004 Richard Newton Sherrer
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