God wants us to love others through genuine and sincere kindness and compassion. This means that we will be humble. We will not be critical or judgmental of others. We will not be hurtful or take advantage of others. Likewise, we will not treat others with indifference. We will help those who need help. And if we are wronged, we will forgive. If we love God, we will do these things daily. Constantly. Not just to those who are close to us like family and friends, but to everyone.
Some will say that these things are too difficult or impossible to do, or that there are some people who do not deserve our love and forgiveness. But understand that Jesus is teaching something extraordinary. Jesus is teaching us the meaning of perfect love. It is the perfect love that exists in heaven. It is the perfect love that we receive from God and from Jesus, and it is the way that God intended love to be with us.
We should understand that sins are those things that are contrary to love. Sin is un-love. Sins are acting, speaking, and thinking in ways that are hurtful to others and also to ourselves.
We should also be aware that Jesus didn't just teach these things. He lived them. Jesus endured verbal attacks, torture, and crucifixion. And He did so with love and forgiveness in His heart.
So if we want to be true followers of Jesus, remember that every person that we encounter is a child of God who deserves our love and compassion. And we should struggle and fight against our sin every day and try our very best to achieve perfect love in every thought, word, and deed. And when we stumble, we can ask God for His forgiveness, and we will be forgiven. And we can ask for His guidance and strength to do better the next day.
"And the second command is like the first: Love your neighbor as you love yourself."
"I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my follower if you love each other."
"Do to others what you want them to do to you."
"The greatest person in the kingdom of heaven is the one who makes himself humble like this child."
"All who make themselves great will be made humble, but those who make themselves humble will be made great."
"The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. Good people have good things in their hearts, and so they say good things. But evil people have evil in their hearts, so they say evil things."
"I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me."
"I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me."
"And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than other people. Even those who don't know God are nice to their friends."
"When you do good things, don't do them in front of people to be seen by them."
"Don't judge other people, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you."
"If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek also."
"But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in heaven."
"Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins. But if you don't forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins."
"You must forgive him even if he wrongs you seventy times seven."
"Yes, everyone who asks will receive."
"Everyone who hears my words and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock."
"Happy are those who hear the teaching of God and obey it."