Chances are, you’ve heard of Jesus’ teachings and how to live a life of love, peace, and justice. But have you ever thought about what all this entails? Can that be accomplished with just one Bible verse? The answer is a resounding “yes.”
Bible Verses About Helping Your Neighbor
Many Bible verses talk about helping others, but this article will focus on just 23 verses about helping your neighbor.
These Bible verses discuss assisting those who need help with little or even big things.
It will remind us that we need to go beyond our comfort zone, love God, and show kindness to everyone around us, no matter how much power they have over us.
Bible Verses About Caring for Others
Caring for others is an essential part of being a good person, and it’s one of the most important things we can do to make a positive difference in our world.
If you want to do your part to make people feel better, here are some Bible verses about caring for others that you might find helpful.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
In other words, our deeds in spirit and truth are not our needs since nothing we can achieve on our own deserves God’s praise. The good deeds we carry out result from the new life of Christ living through us.
Any good deeds we perform for the benefit of others and the glorification of our heavenly Father are carried out by the new, born-again life of Christ that we received when we were born from above.
We have this light in earthen containers to show that our good deeds result from God, not us.
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.
James 1:27 (NIV)
In short, as members of Christ’s body, our lives should reflect the Lord Jesus Christ in us through a practical demonstration of loving acts, kind deeds, and gracious words. James defines “pure and undefiled religion” as visiting orphans and widows in distress and keeping oneself unstained by the world.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)
When God places someone in your life with a genuine need, and you are in a position to meet that need, you owe that person a helping hand. The Bible does not advise looking for or feeling a sense of obligation to the impoverished elsewhere.
God defines the objects of mercy and charity, not social do-gooders or televangelists. Godly men owe a duty first to the home of religion, where they are expected to support the needy members of their local church before moving on to other locations.
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13 (NIV)
Trials do not justify a lack of love or a refusal to carry out the work of Christ in the body of believers.
We will show concern and care for others by acting kindly. We are taught to be kind and welcoming to those around us.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
The Lord will not forget all the excellent work you have done in ministering to the saints… nor will He overlook the job you are still engaged in.”
True faith is characterized by active Christian love that is practiced with the help of the Holy Spirit.
What a comfort, then, to be assured that the Lord would never overlook any good deed we perform for His glory or be uninformed of any labor of love demonstrated to Him via a tender ministry focused on His people.
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 11 John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”
Luke 3:10-11 (NIV)
Let’s embrace the giving and sharing spirit and bless others with our kindness and generosity. The more often we do this, the better the planet will be.
Even if we can’t yet see how it will affect anything more significant, let’s be a part of creating that change and trust that God will guide us in doing it His way. It will, and a happy conclusion is always possible if we keep striving for it.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (NIV)
To reflect His love and to love others as He loved us, we must abide in Him. We can only begin to allow Jesus’ love to flow into us and through us to others as we grow in our love for Him and all He has done for us.
Then, in the name of Jesus, we too may, by His power and might, lay down our lives in His service as a holy and acceptable living sacrifice to God.
Bible Verses About Giving to Others
Many people cannot give away what they have; they would rather keep it for themselves and not let others enjoy it. But there are verses in the Bible that can help you in this area.
Many verses encourage believers to give to those in need so that they may share some of their blessings with others.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
Paul outlines the purposes for all Christian giving in his epistle. Each person must provide by what they have determined and within their means, not out of obligation to follow legalistic rules, out of self-interest, or in response to a false preacher’s greedy distortion of Biblical giving.
This is because each person must act as they have determined, not out of obligation or compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver.
However, Paul also emphasizes that we should be prudent in our giving, do it within the bounds of our resources, and refrain from feeling pressured to give more than we had initially intended to do so just because our present is more minor or seems insignificant.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
The cash present from the Philippians was sent to Paul by their Christian brother Epaphroditus, and Paul described it as “a fragrant offering – an acceptable sacrifice, which is pleasing to God.”
Paul assured the Philippians that “my God will provide all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” due to their selfless generosity.
Our heavenly Father, our great Provider, is the source of all perfect things. None of us could breathe without His provision and grace, but God is not a man’s debtor.
When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
Psalm 104:28 (ESV)
When we give out to others willingly with love and without expecting anything in return, our Heaven treasures are gathered and stored for us.
This isn’t the only blessing we receive by giving to others; we are also blessed on earth with the works of our hands.
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
Proverbs 18:16 (NIV)
This saying acknowledges that being kind and generous can lead to numerous opportunities. A present can work wonders for attracting the attention of even famous guys.
We appreciate that there is no gift necessary to approach the most incredible Man, Christ Jesus, who freely offers to serve as a mediator.
2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not.
2 Corinthians 8:12 (ESV)
The ministry we are involved in should reflect the selfless grace, compassion, and kindness that Christ has shown towards us, in that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners.
Love is demonstrated by giving oneself to others. Since we were saved by grace and have received many priceless promises that are ours by faith in Christ, His love for us is indeed “good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Giving to others, whether through miniature works of kindness or a generous attitude of care and concern, will frequently result in thoughtful actions and a gracious attitude being returned to the giver: “For by your standard of measure, it will be meted out to you in return,” He adds.
Being a good neighbor is more than just smiling and waving.
It’s working towards building a relationship with those around us and doing our part to improve our communities through active engagement with others.
Now that we have explored these verses, what do you think? Are there any specific verses from this list that have influenced you more than the others?
Do any of them stand out to you? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.