Jesus used the parable of the good samaritan to tell the people who is their neighbor. Jesus told this parable because there was an expert in the law that asked him what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27 KJV)
In the parable of the good samaritan, there was a man walking down from Jerusalem to Jericho. While he was on his way, he encountered some robbers who stripped off his clothes and beat him until he was half dead. A priest was walking down the same road but he ignored him when he saw his condition. After that, a Levite passed by and saw him too. Instead of helping the injured man, the Levite went over to the other side and continued on his journey. Finally, a Samaritan passed by the road. The Samaritan had compassion on the injured man. He bandaged his woundds and poured oil and wine on them. Then, he put the man on his donkey and brought him to the inn. e paid the man at the inn 2 denarii to take care of any need of the man while he went about his business. He promised the innkeeper to pay the outstanding bills when he return. The parable of the good samaritan can be found in Luke 10:25-37.
Finally, Jesus asked the expert in the law who is the neighbor of the injured man. The expert in the law replied the Samaritan who had mercy on him. A neighbor in the bible is refered to someone who is friendly and kind to you.
The second most important commandment in the bible is to love your neighbor as much as yourself. Besides loving those who are good to you, you must also love those who are not good to you. For example, if someone do something that hurt you badly, you must forgive him and pray for God to bless him. If he really did hurt you and he is wrong, you can pray for God to deal with that person and he will punish him. In this way, you don’t have to sin by taking revenge on the person.
As Christians, we must set apart ourselves by showing love and be kind to others including enemies. The people of the world would hate, have grudge and take revenge when someone harm them. However, Christians must love and let go of every hatred and grudge in their hearts. If you do not love, you don’t know God. God is love. Because he love us first, we must also love others.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (2 John 1:6 KJV)
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:18 KJV)
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12 KJV)
These things I command you, that ye love one another. (John 15:17 KJV)
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (Romans 12:10 KJV)
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 KJV)
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10 KJV)