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Foreigners: What did Jesus say about Foreigners

What did Jesus say about Foreigners

Jesus’ teachings encompassed love, kindness, and acceptance towards all people, including foreigners and those considered outsiders by society. Although Jesus does not directly address the topic of “foreigners” in a modern political sense, His teachings and actions provide clear guidance on how to treat those who are from different regions, cultures, or backgrounds. Here are relevant Bible verses and key takeaways:

  1. Matthew 25:35-40: Jesus teaches the importance of welcoming, feeding, clothing, caring for the sick, and visiting those in prison, saying, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” He identifies Himself with the marginalized, emphasizing that whatever is done for the least among people is done for Him.
  2. Luke 10:25-37: In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus illustrates that love for neighbor transcends ethnic boundaries. A Samaritan, considered an outsider and enemy by Jews, is the one who shows true compassion to a wounded Jew. Jesus presents this act as an example of loving one’s neighbor.
  3. Matthew 5:43-48: Jesus challenges His followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them, teaching that love should not be limited to those who love us in return. This principle extends to how we should treat foreigners and those who are different from us.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Universal Compassion: Jesus’ teachings emphasize the importance of showing compassion and kindness to everyone, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or social status. His followers are called to extend love and hospitality to all people, including foreigners.
  2. Breaking Down Barriers: Jesus challenged the societal norms and barriers of His time by associating with and showing kindness to those who were marginalized, including Samaritans and Gentiles. His example serves as a model for breaking down the walls that divide people.
  3. Reflecting God’s Love: By welcoming and caring for strangers and those from different backgrounds, Christians reflect God’s love and grace. This demonstration of unconditional love is a powerful witness to the kingdom of God, where all are welcome.

These passages and takeaways illustrate Jesus’ radical message of love and inclusion, emphasizing that His followers should extend kindness and hospitality to all people, including foreigners, as a reflection of God’s love for the world.


  • Greg Gaines

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