We too readily read that simplistically, romantically. But this command from Jesus contains the most important challenge of a Christian’s life – to love those who hate us; to love those whom we don’t like. What about the people whom we avoid and those who avoid us? What about those towards whom we feel resentment – Am I to love them?

If we can love them, we are real lovers.

The one thing Jesus asks of us is to love our neighbor. How would you rate this assignment on a difficulty scale from 1-10?

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