“Do everything without complaining and arguing.”
(Philippians 2:14)

I came across a dog park one day and stopped to watch the social interaction between all the different breeds. I noticed that some dogs were barking excessively and creating an unnecessary disturbance. These delinquent dogs would not be very good to have as a neighbor because their noise ruined everyone’s peace. Dogs bark when they are bored, lonely or when they just want some attention. With proper training and family interaction this bad habit can be resolved. Some people behave just like a disorderly dog. They frequently complain and criticize others to receive attention. They certainly do not make very good neighbors. The Bible instructs us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39) and offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9) If we love our neighbors we look for ways to build them up and not tear them down. By obeying the instructions in God’s Word and exercising self control of the tongue we can improve our social skills and be good neighbors. There will always be those neighbors who “bark excessively” but a little love goes a long way to quiet even the noisiest complainers.