33 “‘If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
When the Israelites were in Egypt, the Pharaoh treated them very badly, making them his slaves because they were not Egyptians. We know that God loves everybody the same and He does not play favorites. If God sees everyone the same, then we should too.
Because God loves all people, and wants them to know and love Him also, He told the Israelites to treat even strangers as if they were family. When the Israelites were in Egypt, Pharaoh did not love them or treat them like family. But God loved them and wanted them to be a part of His family, so He chose to bring them out of Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land.
God loved the Israelites, even when they didn’t obey Him and love Him. God told them that they should love other people - even strangers - just like He does. They should not be mean to them or look at them as if they were not as important as themselves, but that they should look on them with love. Jesus tells us that we should love one another as ourselves and treat them as being more important than ourselves. We know this is what we should do because Jesus did that for us.
Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can now be set free from sin and can be a part of God’s perfect, loving family forever. Jesus paid the price to buy us back from our slavery to sin so that we can live forever with Him as our perfect Father, who always loves us and protects us.