Sometimes, the Bible can be a confusing place. God says one thing about something, and someone else says another. Or, as it’s been said, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” But there is one thing that doesn’t change in the Bible: love your neighbor. It’s an important commandment (and yes, there are 10 commandments). It’s also a difficult one because love means different things to different people. Some people think that loving their neighbors means saying nice things about them when they’re not around; other people think that it means having a gossip-free life; still others believe it means helping people out when no one else will. But what does loving your neighbor really mean?
Luke 23:34 reads, “Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them. They do not know what they are doing.’”
This is the ultimate example of love and forgiveness. This verse is spoken by the Son of God who loves us so much that he died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He did this because he loved us enough to die for our sins; but even more so, because he loved us enough to allow himself to be beaten, spat on and crucified as a criminal in order to take away our sins and any guilt associated with them.
The Bible tells of the story of a woman who was caught in adultery. The crowd, including Jesus, demanded that she be stoned to death for her crime. But Jesus told them that he did not come to condemn them but instead to save them from their sins. He then forgives the woman’s sins and tells her to go and sin no more (John 8:1-11).
In this passage we see how important it is not only to treat others with love but also ourselves. In order for us as humans, who are sinful by nature, can truly love one another we must first learn how God loves us through his Son Jesus Christ and become adopted into His family through Him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
In 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, Paul is teaching the church to avoid immoral people. He says it is better to be without friends than to have immoral friends. This passage shows us that it’s not just what we do that matters, but who we hang around with too.
The Bible verse “love the sinner, hate the sin” is from Ephesians 4:29-32. In this passage, Paul is talking to the church at Ephesus and tells them that they can’t be led astray by false teachers who don’t have God’s love in their hearts. Instead, he encourages Christians to focus on loving one another and being kind to each other instead of focusing on judging others based on what they believe or do.
If you love others, you can expect to be loved in return. How do you love others? Look for ways to show it!
- Be kind and patient with people. Speak kindly of them when they are absent, too.
- Forgive those who have wronged you in any way; don’t seek revenge or hold grudges against them. Forgiveness is a sign of maturity as well as strength–and shows that your heart is open toward God’s unconditional love (and His forgiveness).
- Ask God how He would like you to treat the person who has hurt or offended you; then listen carefully for His answer and follow it!
- Learn from other people’s mistakes–don’t repeat them yourself!
The Bible has a lot to say about loving our neighbor.
The Bible has a lot to say about loving our neighbor. It’s a major theme throughout the Bible.
It’s mentioned in Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-28, Luke 24:27 and John 13:34-35. Here are some of them:
- “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
- “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12)
- “If anyone says he loves God yet hates his brother he is a liar for one does not love God whom one does not see but if anyone loves his brother he has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8-10).
The Bible has a lot to say about loving our neighbor. Christians are called to love all people, regardless of their actions or beliefs, because God loves them and wants us to follow his example. This means that we should not judge others or hold grudges against them based on perceived character flaws or actions which we don’t agree with—even if those actions are sinful! Instead, we should strive for peace between people so that everyone can live in harmony together under God’s grace.