The bible calls upon Christians to love one another. Why? Because God is love. We love him because he first loved us. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God when we love God and keep His commandments. (1 John 5:1-3).
Love does no harm to a neighbor. It is the fulfilling of the law. People are not born hating one another. It must be taught. They learn from direct teaching by parents or others who influence them. I have yet to see a baby born into this world, that is born hating anyone.
Those who do not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. Men have allow veils and screens of human-thinking to deceive them. They view their enemies as someone who is different from them.
In many societies, that difference is superficial. It is through religion, skin color or social status or political party. On one occasion, a lawyer in Israel sought to justify himself by asking Jesus a question. "Who is my neighbor.
Jesus proceeded to tell him a story so that he might answer his own question. Hence, we have the parable of the Good Samaritan. In it Christ relates a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead.
They took from him, physically injured him, and abandoned him as if he were an animal. Many humans treat their pets and even wild animals and insects better than they treat other human beings.
By chance, along comes a certain priest down that same road. When he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. He ignored him as though he wasn't there. Many refuse to look upon the sufferings of others. If it is not directly affecting them, they could care less.
Secondly, a Levite came, who arrived at the place, carefully looked over the man to see who it was, the extent of his injuries and after making careful assessment, likewise passed on the other side. This man did research and personal investigation. He got a close up view to know exactly as best as he could determine, what state the injured man was in.
One he discovered his condition, he too, went to the other side.
Finally, a certain Samaritan, a man despised by both of the previous two men, came where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. He was able to feel the suffering of the man as though it was his own. At that time, he bandaged his wounds, poured in healing oil and wine, set him on his own animal, and brought hi to an inn and took care of him.
The next day when he departed, he left money with the innkeeper instructing him to take care of the man promising to pay any additional costs incurred should the recovery extend and cost more.
Perhaps this man knew what it felt like to be hated, despised and victimized. From all indications, the injured man was a Judahite who had come down from Jerusalem. He knew that the man no doubt hated him as most Jews hated Samaritans. This Samaritan helped him anyway, because out of love and compassion.
When Jesus asked the lawyer, which of the three were the man's neighbor, the lawyer correctly responded that it was he who showed him mercy and compassion. Jesus then commanded the lawyer to go and do likewise.
By helping his this injured man and possibly a social enemy, the Samaritan demonstrated that God would judge such matters. He did not allow his birth, place, skin or religion to interfere with his higher duty to love his neighbor as himself.
Neighbors are compassionate peacemakers. They don't ignore the suffering around them. They don't walk away as though its not there just because it is not happening to them.
They don't call for preemptive strikes, hold them in open prisons, poison and destroy water, food, hospitals, homes and other necessities of life or sit in silence while it happens. They follow Jesus. They lift up the cross and lay down their lives for the brethren.