Love Your Neighbor
The way that God, our Creator, intends for us to live is known by every human being. How God intends for us to live is called God's will or God's law; Jesus referred to God's law as His commandment or word. Jesus taught that it is God's will for us to love our neighbor.
When asked which is the greatest of God's commandments, Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself," (Matthew 22:37-39).
We show our love for other people with respect and appreciation for their value or worth as human beings. According to Jesus, we can show our respect for others by doing unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31). This is known as the Golden Rule.
Jesus taught that it is God's will, or law, for us to love our neighbor. In response to the question, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus told us the parable we call "The Good Samaritan," as follows:
"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half-dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he saw him he passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day, he took out two denaii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.
'Which of these three proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?' He said, 'The one who showed mercy on him.' And Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do likewise.' " (Luke 10:30-37).
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