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Jesus Teaches Us To Have Unconditional Love For All People
Whatever we do to any other person, even the least important, we are doing that to Jesus, Himself.

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
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             MATTHEW 25:31-46 (KJV)
                             The Sheep And The Goats
             31
                    When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
                    the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the
                    throne of his glory:
             32
                    And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
                    shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
                    divideth his sheep from the goats:
             33
                    And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the
                    goats on the left.
             34
                    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
                    Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
                    prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
             35
                    For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was
                    thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and
                    ye took me in:
             36
                    Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited
                    me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
             37
                    Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord,
                    when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or
                    thirsty, and gave thee drink?
             38
                    When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or
                    naked, and clothed thee?
             39
                    Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto
                    thee?
             40
                    And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I
                    say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of
                    the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto
                    me.
             41
                    Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
                    Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
                    prepared for the devil and his angels:
             42
                    For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
                    thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
             43
                    I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and
                    ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye
                    visited me not.
             44
                    Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
                    saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or
                    naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister
                    unto thee?
             45
                    Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto
                    you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of
                    these, ye did it not to me.
             46
                    And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
                    but the righteous into life eternal.
This idea may surprise you! Are we actually supposed to love everybody? Even terrible sinners and people filled with hatred toward us?

What about criminals and homosexuals and child molesters and abortionists and atheists and pornographers and drug dealers and prostitutes?

Did Jesus really teach that we are supposed to love them, too?

Yes. We are not supposed to judge other people, whether they are good or evil, righteous or unrighteous.

         "Judge not, that ye be not judged.
         "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with
          what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
                              (Matthew 7:1-2 KJV)
Furthermore, love for all other people takes highest importance for Jesus, ranking almost the same as love for God Himself, which is first.
             MATTHEW 22:35-40 (KJV)
                            The Most Important Commandment
             35
                    Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a
                    question, tempting him, and saying,
             36
                    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
             37
                    Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
                    with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
                    all thy mind.
             38
                    This is the first and great commandment.
             39
                    And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
                    neighbour as thyself.
             40
                    On these two commandments hang all the law and the
                    prophets.
When He was questioned about "who is my neighbor?," He answered by giving the parable of the Good Samaritan, which shows that everyone is our neighbor.
    LUKE 10:25-37 (KJV)
                          The Good Samaritan
   25
          And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,
          saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
   26
          He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
   27
          And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
          all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
          strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
   28
          And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and
          thou shalt live.
   29
          But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is
          my neighbour?
   30
          And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
          Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
          him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him
          half dead.
   31
          And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and
          when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
   32
          And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
          looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
   33
          But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:
          and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
   34
          And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and
          wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn,
          and took care of him.
   35
          And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and
          gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and
          whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay
          thee.
   36
          Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him
          that fell among the thieves?
   37
          And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
          him, Go, and do thou likewise.
(The Samaritans and the Jews generally detested each other during the time that Jesus lived. They were cultural enemies.)

As a general rule to live by, He tells us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

                "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men
                 should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is
                 the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 KJV)
He tells us to forgive other people of their offenses against us.
                 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
                  debtors." (Matthew 6:12 KJV)
                 "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have
                  ought against any: that your Father also which
                  in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
                 "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your
                  Father which is in heaven forgive your
                  trespasses." (Mark 11:25-26 KJV)
He tells us to disregard offenses against us and to turn the other cheek.
              "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an
               eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
              "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but
               whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn
               to him the other also."
                      (Matthew 5:38-39 KJV)
He tells us to give what people ask of us and to give more than is required.
                   "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take
                    away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
                   "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with
                    him twain.
                   "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would
                    borrow of thee turn not thou away."
                                 (Matthew 5:40-42 KJV)
He tells us to love our enemies and those who work against us.
                   "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them
                    that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
                    pray for them which despitefully use you, and
                    persecute you;
                   "That ye may be the children of your Father which is
                    in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
                    and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on
                    the unjust."
                         (Matthew 5:43-45 KJV)
He tells us to be like the Good Samaritan. He points out that it's easy to love people who love us and who do good to us. But we are called to love everybody else, also.
             LUKE 6:27-38 (KJV)
             27
                    But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do
                    good to them which hate you,
             28
                    Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which
                    despitefully use you.
             29
                    And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer
                    also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak
                    forbid not to take thy coat also.
             30
                    Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him
                    that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
             31
                    And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also
                    to them likewise.
             32
                    For if ye love them which love you, what thank have
                    ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
             33
                    And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what
                    thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
             34
                    And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive,
                    what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners,
                    to receive as much again.
             35
                    But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend,
                    hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be
                    great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:
                    for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
             36
                    Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is
                    merciful.
             37
                    Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not,
                    and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall
                    be forgiven:
             38
                    Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure,
                    pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,
                    shall men give into your bosom. For with the same
                    measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to
                    you again.
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