“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
It does not get more clear than that. Love of neighbour is central to what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
But that simple, straightforward commandment raises questions.
Recall the story in Luke’s account of the Gospel when the lawyer asked Jesus about the greatest commandment. Jesus responded that it is to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself. And the lawyer asks “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus responds with the parable of the good Samaritan. To be neighbour is to show compassion to those in need (Luke 10:25-37).
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