What does the Bible say about caring for others?
God is a caring father. He came down from His heavenly throne in the form of man and He paid the price for our sins. He was rich, but for us He became poor. Scripture tells us that the reason we are able to love is because God loved us first.
His love for us should compel us to love others more and make sacrifices for people just like Jesus sacrificed His life for our iniquities.
God hears the cries of His children and He deeply cares for them.
As Christians we are to be a reflection of God on earth and we are to care for others as well. We must stop being selfish and lose the what’s in it for me attitude and seek different ways to serve others.
Christian quotes about caring for others
“Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”
“Those in the circle of Christ had no doubt of his love; those in our circles should have no doubt about ours.” Max Lucado
“We rise by lifting others.”
“When you love someone, you automatically care for them, you cannot love without caring.”
“Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.” Erwin Lutzer
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” Charles Spurgeon
“If we don’t care to help the weak, we’re not in touch with our own helplessness.” Kevin DeYoung
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’ll always remember the things you have taught me and how much you love me.”
“I choose kindness… I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.” Max Lucado
“I am convinced the greatest act of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them about God’s love for them in Christ.” Billy Graham
Caring for other Christians
1. Hebrews 6:10-12 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
2. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
3. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
Bible verse about caring for family
4. 1 Timothy 5:4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
5. 1 Timothy 5:8 But if someone does not provide for his own, especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
6. Proverbs 22:6 Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Caring and bearing each other’s weaknesses.
7. Exodus 17:12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.
8. Romans 15:1- 2 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Care for the poor, oppressed, orphans, and widows.
9. Psalm 82:3-4 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! Vindicate the oppressed and suffering! Rescue the poor and needy! Deliver them from the power of the wicked!
10. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
11. Proverbs 19:17 Giving help to the poor is like loaning money to the Lord. He will pay you back for your kindness.
12. Isaiah 58:10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
13. Luke 3:11 He answered, “If you have two shirts, share with someone who does not have one. If you have food, share that too.”
14. Deuteronomy 15:11 “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.”
15. Deuteronomy 15:7 “But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.”
16. Exodus 22:25 “If you lend money to one of My people among you who is poor, you must not act as a creditor to him; you are not to charge him interest.”
17. Deuteronomy 24:14 “You shall not exploit a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your strangers who are in your land in your towns.”
18. Matthew 5:42 “Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”
19. Matthew 5:41 “If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him.”
Caring for others more than yourself verses
20. Philippians 2:21 “For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.”
21. 1 Corinthians 10:24 “No one should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
22. 1 Corinthians 10:33 (KJV) “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
23. Romans 15:2 “Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”
24. 1 Corinthians 9:22 “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
25. Romans 15:1 (NIV) “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.”
26. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
27. Philippians 2:4 (ESV) “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
28. Romans 12:13 “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
When you care for others you are caring for Christ.
29. Matthew 25:40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
30. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.
31. Colossians 3:12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
Love for others should result in making sacrifices for others.
32. Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
33. Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Our lives should not be revolved around self.
34. Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
35. 1 Corinthians 10:24 No one should seek his own welfare, but rather his neighbor’s.
36. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing what is right.
37. Proverbs 18:1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.
38. Proverbs 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
39. 2 Corinthians 5:14 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, therefore all died.”
40. 2 Timothy 3:1-2 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.”
Not caring and helping others when we can
41. 1 John 3:17-18 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
42. James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.
Examples of caring for others in the Bible
The Good Samaritan
43. Luke 10:30-37 Jesus replied, “A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead. “By chance, a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he went around him and continued on his way. Then a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he, too, went around him and continued on his way. “But a Samaritan, as he was traveling along, came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man, went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. He told the innkeeper, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than that, I’ll pay you on my return trip. “Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?” The expert said, “The one who was kind enough to help him.” Jesus told him, “Go and imitate his example!”
44. Philippians 2:19-20 “If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.”
45. 2 Corinthians 12:14 “See, I am ready to come to you a third time, and I will not be a burden, because I am not seeking your possessions, but you. For children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”
46. 1 Corinthians 9:19 “Though I am free of obligation to anyone, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”
47. Exodus 17:12 “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.”
48. Acts 2:41-42 “So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added. They were devoting themselves to the apostlesʼ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
49. 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 “And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”
50. Ruth 2:11-16 “Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” 13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.” 14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.” When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”