We all know that it feels good to help others, but what does the Bible say about caring for others? In this blog post, we’ll explore 24 different Bible verses about caring for others. Plus, we’ll talk about why compassion is so important, and how we can apply these teachings to our own lives as Proverbs 31 women.
Caring for others is a cornerstone of Christianity. The Bible contains numerous passages that speak to the importance of caring for others, both within our own families and in the broader community.
Jesus himself said that when we help others it’s the same as doing it for Him (Matthew 25:40).
How to show care and compassion to those around you
The Bible is clear that we are to show compassion to others, but how do we actually do that? Below are a few suggestions:
1. Offer a listening ear: Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them, without judgment or criticism. This can be a powerful way to show care and compassion.-
2. Give words of encouragement: A kind word can go a long way! If you see someone struggling, offer them a few words of encouragement. This could be just the boost they need to keep going.
3. Do something practical: Sometimes people need more than just words, they need practical help. If you see someone in need, do what you can to meet that need. This could be anything from giving them a ride to work, to helping them with groceries or childcare.
4. Pray for others: Another way to show care and compassion is to pray for those around you. This is a powerful way to support others, even if you don’t know them well. Prayer is so important to life of a Christian and should be our first defense instead of our last resort!
No matter how you choose to show care and compassion, the most important thing is to do it with a genuine heart. When we offer help from a place of love and concern, it can make a real difference in someone’s life!
So, what does the Bible say about caring for others? Let’s take a look at some of the most important verses on this topic.
24 Bible Verses About Caring for Others
1. James 1:27
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
2. Philippians 2:4
“Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
3. Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
4. Galatians 6:2
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
5. Proverbs 28:27
“Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”
6. Hebrews 12:14
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
7. Romans 15:1-2
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”
8. Luke 21:1-4
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”
9. John 13:34-35
“‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’”
10. 1 John 3:17-18
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
11. 1 Timothy 5:8
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
12. Proverbs 21:13
“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”
13. Luke 12:33
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
14. Proverbs 19:17
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
15. James 2:14-17
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
16. Luke 6:31
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
17. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
18. 1 Corinthians 1:10
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
19. Romans 13:8-10
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
20. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
21. Galatians 6:9-10
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
22. Colossians 3:12
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
23. Matthew 5:42
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
24. Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
In conclusion, compassion is a vital value for Christians to live out. It is one of the ways that we reflect the character of God to those around us. When we show care and concern for others, we are making a difference in their lives. And that is an amazing thing!
Prayer for Compassion
Thank you for your example of compassion. Thank you for loving us unconditionally and caring for us always. Help us to follow your example, and show compassion to others, even when it is difficult. Give us your strength and wisdom to know how to help those in need. We ask all of this in your precious name. Amen.
Action Steps to Take Today
- Pray and ask God to help you show care and compassion to those around you.
- Think about ways you can help show care to someone who is struggling in your life.
- Talk to your family about ways you can stretch out your hands to the needy in your own community.
- Develop a heart of compassion by assuming the best and looking for the positive.
What are some ways that you like to show care and compassion to others? Share your ideas in the comments below!