So We Christians have to Love OTHERS also As much as We love ourselves. Mark 12:31.
The word ‘Neighbour’ can also be used instead of ‘Others.’
So WHO is my Neighbour?
My Family is Not my ‘Neighbour.’ If my father lives in the next house, We will not say: ‘He is my neighbour,’ but, ‘He is my Father.’
To Explain this idea of Neighbour, Jesus gave the Example of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37.
The Jews of Jesus’ time did not like Samaritans. At All. They would not Mix with the Samaritans; Would not Accept even Water from them, – Which is Why Everybody was Surprised when they found Him Asking for Water from, and Talking to, the Samaritan Woman. John 4: 7-8, 27.
Jesus had even told His disciples: “Do Not go to the Samaritan towns!” Matthew 10:5.
So in the parable of the Good Samaritan, it is This Hated Samaritan Who proves to be the Neighbour.
If ‘I’ am Your Neighbour, ‘You’ are ‘My’ Neighbour.
So, Jesus was saying, Even the Samaritan, whom You all hate so much, is Your Neighbour, and You Have to love him (them) AS MUCH as You love Yourself.
FOR US THAT MEANS, WE HAVE TO LOVE EVERYBODY TOO; ANY CASTE, ANY RELIGION, ANY COUNTRY.
Not just our Family.