The command to “love your neighbor as yourself” is mentioned eight times in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus referenced it in an effort to combat the various elements — race, class, caste — that the enemy uses in an attempt to divide God’s children.
Who is my neighbor?
The Bible is clear: our neighbors are people — all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, education, intelligence, age, weight, handicap, ability, or economic background. God loves them all. As His children, saved only by His grace, so must we.
Treating some people better than others is a sin
My brothers, don’t hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality. But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
Righteousness recognizes no difference between rich and poor
You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you shall judge your neighbor in righteousness.
Christians are called to a freedom from the devastation of prejudice
For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another.
God knows what is in a person’s heart
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
All humanity is one in Christ
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Impartiality is a sign of wisdom
These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
Every human is created in the image of God
Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator, where there can’t be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, or free person; but Christ is all, and in all.
Death is no respecter of persons
All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.
God shows no favoritism; neither should we
Peter opened his mouth and said, “Truly I perceive that God doesn’t show favoritism; but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.”
Every person is the work of God
But now, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay and you our potter. We all are the work of your hand.
Absence of prejudice is a sign of Godly purity
I command you in the sight of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands hastily on no one. Don’t be a participant in other people’s sins. Keep yourself pure.