News.cincinnati.com reports that two neighbors in the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland are definitely not sharing neighborly hospitality. The not-so-loving feud in the town that is supposed to be Ohio’s sweetheart has drawn legal attention. Each neighbor claims to have been wronged by the other, but neither is willing to budge from their entrenched position in this feuding stalemate. The neighbors entangled in this continuous conflict have back yards which butt against one another. For more information, see Kimball Perry’s column at: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130127/NEWS010701/301270039/Neighbo...Love-land?nclick_check=1
To the Corinthian church Paul wrote, “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers” (1 Corinthians 1:10-11). Paul knew, as Christ explained to his twelve disciples, that Christ followers needed to be known by their love for one another. Paul encouraged them to remember that “just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
Cincinnati Christians should remember that their lives ought to be marked by the love of Christ on display through them. Instead of quarreling, Cincinnati Christians should set the example for love and care for one another. Unlike the neighbor on neighbor feud in Loveland, Christians in the Cincinnati area should be devoted to sharing the love of Christ with everyone, especially neighbors. Cincinnati Christians should make it a priority to demonstrate love and hospitality in order to heal wounds and build bridges.