Things like bitterness and envy walk hand in hand with those sharing the same clothesline. Neighbors that listen to our woes and despair—those who share the attacks on the “unfairness” of life or of people are the gossip-driven ones who share the same clothesline. Envy and hatred walk hand in hand with slander and false rumors (James 4:1-3 James 4:1-3 1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not.
3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.
American King James Version×).
Forgiveness is the high road, and the one less travelled because it takes the qualities of humility, gentleness, love for others and being generous. Those qualities find few neighbors. God looks about on the world to see if there are any wise and humble people. He finds only a few and their neighbors are far away.