What is the significance of this simple statement? Well, first, the Bible contains this statement as a commandment. Furthermore, when the Bible REPEATEDLY mentions something, it is really important. Thus, you may ask: ‘well just how many times does it mention it?’ The answer?
The Bible specifically mentions loving our neighbor in 8 passages – verbatim, but throughout the Bible…, in a variety of indirect scriptures that mention how we should treat others (with love, not hatred). We are to lift each other up, to encourage each other, to comfort one another.
Jesus taught that:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.– Matthew 22:37-39
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:8-9
Do you want the cliff notes version?
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14
Bottom line is given by James:
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself…But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9
Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:30-31 “‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor.’”
Matthew 19:19 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”