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Bible Verses about Helping Others


Bible Verses about Helping Others

Serving others is a hallmark of Christianity. The Bible, and especially the New Testament, emphasizes Jesus Christ’s dedicated service to others and encourages His followers to do likewise. Jesus taught disciples to “love the Lord thy God” and to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). Helping others is one way to show that love. Bible stories recount how Jesus served others, explain your responsibility to serve, and show that helping other people serves God and blesses you.

Jesus served others

Jesus Christ dedicated His life to serving others. His acts of service ranged from simple acts, like washing His disciples’ feet to miraculously healing the sick and raising the dead. He calmed loved ones when they were troubled and ultimately took upon Himself the sins of every soul. Jesus led His life with a constant willingness to help others. From the Bible we learn of many acts of service performed by Jesus Christ.

  • He washed His disciples’ feet: “After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:5).
  • He healed the sick: “And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them” (Matthew 8:14–15).
  • He raised the dead: “And he put them all out, and took [Jairus’s daughter] by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway” (Luke 8:54–55).
  • He suffered for our sins: “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. . . . And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:41–42, 44).

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You are asked to serve

Jesus made it clear that we should follow His example by loving and serving others. Love and service are principal themes in the Bible. Here are just a handful of Bible verses that teach about the importance of serving others:

  • “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
  • “And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall they light rise in obscurity, and they darkness be as the noonday” (Isaiah 58:10).
  • “And be ye kind one to another [and] tenderhearted” (Ephesians 4:32).
  • “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

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Serve your family

Family is central to God’s plan for His children, and God has commanded that you love and serve your family.

  • “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).
  •  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
  • “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home” (John 19:26–27).

Serve your neighbors

Beyond serving your own family, you can come closer to Jesus by serving your neighbors—the people who, according to the Bible, live next door, in your communities, and even around the world.

  • “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
  • “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).
  • “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).

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Serve your enemies

Because the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges you to stretch and grow, the Savior doesn’t ask you to serve just your neighbors and friends. In the Bible, He encourages you to love and serve your enemies as well.

  • “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
  • “Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things” (Deuteronomy 28:48).
  • “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink” (Proverbs 25:21).
  •  “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where [the Jewish man] was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him” (Luke 10:33–34).

Serving others serves God and also blesses your life

In the Bible, Jesus teaches that by serving other people, we are actually serving God. Your service reflects your love for Him and your trust in doing the things He has asked you to do. God promises that serving others will bless your life in meaningful ways.

  • “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
  • “These things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men” (Titus 3:8).
  • “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).

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