Jesus told His famous parable of the Good Samaritan to make it clear that "love your neighbor" means to love all persons, everywhere - not just our friends, allies, countrymen, etc.: One day an expert on Moses' laws came to test Jesus' orthodoxy by asking him this question: "Teacher, what does a man need to do to live forever in heaven?
" Jesus replied, "What does Moses' law say about it?
A Jewish Temple-assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but then went on.
"But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity.
And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.
You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.Like the unselfish Samaritan man of Jesus' parable, we are called to extend our love and concern to all persons everywhere, as our neighbors.We should not exclude anyone or any group because of social status, a supposed character fault, religious difference, racial difference, ethnic difference, citizenship difference, etc.You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:9–18).Notice that loving our neighbor would include sharing with the poor and the alien; compassion and absolute honesty and justice in our relationships with others; impartiality; a refusal to be a party to gossip or slander; an absence of malice toward anyone and a refusal to bear a grudge; taking care never to put another’s life at risk and never taking private vengeance upon another.Therefore, we owe it to our neighbors to lovingly share with them the good news of the gospel.True believers have been forgiven, possess eternal life, and have blessings forever as the result of others who have shared the gospel with them.In one masterful statement, Jesus condensed the entire law that God had given Moses: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew –40).When we read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, we are struck with the realization that they focus on these two issues. But what does it mean to love our neighbor as ourselves? Let’s look at its context: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.Kneeling beside him the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them.Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an inn, where he nursed him through the night.