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Throughout Jesus life He taught His followers how to live through stories and parables and challenged those who tried to defy God Jesus is still the centre of the Christian faith today as He reconciled us to God through a sinless life and death and so we are called to live out and fulfil His message Jesus continually taught people to love without any barriers or limits The Gospel passage Luke 1025-37 captures this Jesus asks a Jewish lawyer to explain what the Law requires for eternal life The lawyer answers with the commandment to love God and your neighbour and Jesus approves The lawyer asks Jesus Who is my neighbour Jesus responds with the story of the good Samaritan Jews like the lawyer despised the Samaritans By telling the story of the good Samaritan in the context of the commandment to love Jesus is telling people to love everyone even their enemies He also challenges people to see things in a different light allowing them to change who they are Jesus teaches the same lesson in the Gospel of Matthew But I say to you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven 544-48 Jesus commands Christians to love each other despite differences of race gender status or social political and economic background John 1334-35 and to be of one mind wherever possible John 1720-21 But Jesus did not just speak of love He lived out love in his actions For example when Jesus healed it was out of love not a desire to impress the crowds The Gospels are clear on this Jesus healed because people needed to be healed He healed out of compassion In Mark 141 for example He is moved with pity for a leper who begs to be cured In Luke 713 sorrow touches Jesus when He meets the widow of Nain whose
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