Our next door neighbor and his wife are in the military. They are often gone for long periods of time, and as a result, their grass doesn't get cut. I decided that as a good neighbor, I would mow their yard for them. When they returned home, the husband stopped me and told me that his wife did not want me mowing their yard. Apparently, something about my kindness offended her. I am not exactly sure why, but I have "taken the hint."
Our next door neighbor on the other side, is a retired single woman who, during the winter months, goes to Florida (it must be nice to be able to do that). She gave me the combination to her garage door, just in case someone needed access to her home. I am not exactly sure why. One day, my wife saw someone she did not recognize entering her house through the back door. When she told me, I went next door and knocked to see if anyone would answer. When no one did, I called the police, and I let them enter through the garage to check out the situation. There was no one there, and nothing seemed to be disturbed. About an hour later, there was a loud knock at our door. The lady's son, whom I did not remember ever meeting, was extremely upset that I had called the police, and that they had entered the home. He warned me to stay away from his mother's house, and left. When his mother returned in the spring, she also let me know she did not appreciate my actions.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good" (2 Tim. 3:1-3).
The moral of the story is: be a good neighbor, but don't expect gratitude!