When I saw this post on XKCD the other day, it got me thinking about the difficulty of loving your neighbor.
Jesus tells his disciples that we are to “Love (our) neighbor as (ourselves).” He also tells us that we aren’t just supposed to love our neighbors, but we are supposed to “love our enemies.” He points out that loving those who love us isn’t particularly remarkable, as anyone can do that, but loving people who wish us ill, despise us, and actively seek our demise is our true calling.
I get that I’m supposed to love people, but if I start loving the hard to love people, what’s next?
We find ourselves asking, “WHERE DOES IT END, JESUS!?!? Do I have to love–” And Jesus interrupts us with a simple “yes”. “But, Jesus… I didn’t put any qualifiers on it yet.” “I know,” he responds, “Everyone.”
It doesn’t matter what descriptor we put into the question, the answer is always the same.