Just to ensure we get the fullness of what love is, Jesus shares a parable about true love. Read Luke 10:25-37.
To unpack this just a bit…the Samaritans were a despised people by the Jews. They would go out of their way not to travel through Samaria or come in contact with a Samaritan. There was a clear distinction between these people and a deep distrust, if not downright prejudice, between them.
Yet Jesus uses one of these ‘lesser’ people to be the hero of the story of how to love! The legal expert seemed to want to find a clearer understanding of a neighbor. He was looking for the loophole. I would imagine that he was trying to get Jesus to say something like—A neighbor is one who is like you!
Instead, Jesus invites us to see the neighbor in each other—regardless of creed, race, and economics. What would our world be like if we learned to see each other, to really see each other? Beyond the externals, the labels, and the ideologies. But to see each other as God sees the other? As Paul envisioned— Take off the old human nature with its practices and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it. In this image there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all people. (Colossians 3:9-11)