Jesus preached (by word and example) a lot about love. Love for God and love for others. “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10: 27b), He said. That is what love is. It may be easy to say you “do not hate” others, perhaps even to say that you “love” others; but to really love everyone? To treat others as you would treat yourself, or want others to treat you? To treat everyone as if they were those dearest to you? Some might even say “of course” to that. That is the way we should live, is it not?

It may be easy to say you “do not hate” others, perhaps even to say that you “love” others; but to really love everyone?

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People would rebel at the thought of being asked to love the Romans.

Jesus answered with a parable (Luke 10: 30–35). A man was attacked while travelling and left half dead, with nothing on him. He practically had nothing left, especially to strangers seeing him on the ground. What would you think and do if you saw such a man in the middle of nowhere? Well, a priest and a Levite — two holy, good and well-respected people in the eyes of those who were following Jesus and listening to him — passed him by, “on the other side”. What?!

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