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 10:25-37) 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..." (5:44-48).
Jesus commands Christians to love each other despite differences of race, gender, status or social, political and economic background (John 13:34-35) and to be of one mind wherever possible (John 17:20-21). 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 1:41 for example, He is moved...