Love Your Neighbour: An Essay On The Teachings Of Jesus

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Love Your NeighborThe 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 ...view middle of the document...

' " (Luke 10:30-37).In this parable, the man who was robbed and beaten was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, two cities in Judea. This means that the man was a Jew from Judea. Ironically, the man who showed compassion to the Jew was a Samaritan. This is significant because Samaritans and Jews were generally enemies because of racial and religious differences.The fact that a Samaritan had compassion on an enemy suggests that we should have compassion for all of our neighbours, even those we consider our enemies. This is supported by Jesus' teaching, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you" (Luke 6:27). Regardless of why we consider others to be our enemies, we must always be ready to do good to those who hate us, because all of us live in community with each other. We must always be ready to have compassion on all of our neighbours, even our enemies. All of our neighbours are deserving of our pity and compassion and help when in need.Jesus taught that it is God's will or law for people to love each other, and that any failure to love others is disobedience to God's will or law. So when we refuse to love others, we are sinning, because we are disobeying God's law. The word "sin" actually means the "failure to love."The parable of the good Samaritan is important because it shows us what it means to disobey God's law about loving others. In the parable, we see two kinds of failure to love our...

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