Empathy for Our Neighbor
One time when Jesus and one of his Jewish opponents, a lawyer, came to an agreement that God’s law/word was wrapped up in loving God and neighbor, the lawyer sought to justify himself and asked “Who is my neighbor?”
Here is Jesus’ answer, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite (Religious minister/servant), when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan (Many Jews hated Samaritans so there’s a good chance the lawyer did too) as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise." (Luke 10:29-37)