Tabby the Cat: My Neighbor Wants to Fight

My neighbor is 8 and I am 10. He always hits or kicks me. I really don't want to fight with him, but it is frustrating! His brother is 10 also and said if I hit his younger brother, he will jump in and fight me too. What should I do?


Dear Zac,

I am sorry to hear that this is how your neighbors are treating you. I am glad that you do not want to fight them, but I also understand that you want it to stop. In impossible situations like these, only God can help. Mark 10:27 says, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." We know that God can make all things possible, He can even change the hearts of your neighbors to be more kind and loving. Remember some of the impossible things God has done through Scripture: protecting Noah and his family during the flood (Genesis 7), parting the Red Sea (Exodus14), and helping David defeat giant Goliath (I Samuel 17). With God's help, you can stand up to your neighbors and tell them to stop. Just like David, we sometimes have to use self-defense to defend ourselves.

But remember, if God can do these amazing things He can change your neighbors' hearts, but you must pray for them. James 5:16, says, ". . . the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." A righteous person loves God and follows the Bible. So, Zac, if you love Jesus and follow His Word that means your prayers are powerful and God is listening. Pray every night for your two neighbors and see what God does. It may take time so be patient. I will be praying for you too!


Tabby the Cat

Tabby the Cat answers are written by Tabitha Rudge Smith.  If your child or grandchild has a question for Tabby, please e-mail her.  Although she may be unable to personally answer each one, she will answer questions in future newsletters.