From The NIV Luke Chapter 10
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
When this story was told by Jesus. He purposely mad the person that did right, a Samaritan, who were far from being friends of the jews. The point was, that your neighbor, was not just someone that you may consider to be a friend. I tell you my friends ,that each and every person on the earth today is your neighbor. Christian and non-christian. Muslim and jew. Religious leaders and religious terrorist. The rich and the poor. The law abiding and the criminal. EVERYONE !!!
Here is another parable from Luke
1Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3Then Jesus told them this parable:
4“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Jesus shed his precious blood for all the sins of EVERYONE. Thieves, murders, bigots, racist, terrorist, all evil doers, are still God’s children. These are lost sheep, and God wants them to come to him. We are all equal in God’s eyes. For anyone to believe that their soul, is worth more than any other, is the sin of pride, and requires repentance. A prayer for the souls of your neighbor, is a prayer for your own soul.