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Bible Verses About Love



Bible Verses About Love and helping others


While the scriptures exhort us to generally help others (and there are numerous verses that do this!), there are also specific groups of people which the bible calls our attention to. For example - the orphaned, widows, the marginalised, and the poor. We are encouraged not to hold back from helping these individuals, regardless of their beliefs or ethnic group.


Christ’s Mission Statement
Jesus chose to expound on a passage from Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-3) at the opening of his public ministry in Nazareth, after a period of testing in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). This declaration is an example of the bias of the kingdom, and Christ’s teaching, towards those who are oppressed and in need. He singles out all those who are in need in some way –the poor, the broken-hearted and those enchained.

Luke 4:18-19 (BBE)

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because I am marked out by him to give good news to the poor; he has sent me to make well those who are broken-hearted; to say that the prisoners will be let go, and the blind will see, and to make the wounded free from their chains, to give knowledge that the year of the Lord's good pleasure is come.



The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Here Jesus makes it clear who we should help, and exposes some of the prejudices amongst the Jews of the time. In first century Palestine, a Jewish “neighbor” was another Jew – not somebody from another religion or belief system. However, the Samaritan of the story (who at the time were generally despised by Jews) goes out of his way to help a mugged and beaten Jew. He gives him first-aid, pays for a stay at a local inn, and leaves him with two denarii– at the time this would be worth about two days in wages.


Luke 10:29-37 (WEB)

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus answered, "“A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,
34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’
36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”"
37 He said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, "“Go and do likewise.”"


The Matthew 25 Passage

This scripture implies here that when you help and respond to those in need, you do this to Christ. This underlines the importance of the value we place on each human being, that they are made in the image of God and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their wealth or position (or lack of). This is a counter-culture message. Today, society venerates those that it regards as beautiful, wealthy, or famous.


34 Then will the King say to those on his right, Come, you who have the blessing of my Father, into the kingdom made ready for you before the world was: 35 For I was in need of food, and you gave it to me: I was in need of drink, and you gave it to me: I was wandering, and you took me in; 36 I had no clothing, and you gave it to me: when I was ill, or in prison, you came to me. 37 Then will the upright make answer to him, saying, Lord, when did we see you in need of food, and give it to you? or in need of drink, and give it to you? 38 And when did we see you wandering, and take you in? or without clothing, and give it to you? 39 And when did we see you ill, or in prison, and come to you? 40 And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:34-40 - BBE)


Other notable bible passages on helping others


God helps the poor:-


Psalm 35:10 (NIV)
My whole being will exclaim, Who is like you, 0 LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.

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Psalm 68:5 (WEB)
A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Old testament examples of helping others:-

Job 29:12 (NIV) - (Job recounts of how he helped the fatherless and poor)
…because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.

Deuteronomy 15:11 (WEB)
For there will never be a time when there are no poor in the land; and so I give orders to you, Let your hand be open to your countrymen, to those who are poor and in need in your land.


New Testament examples of helping others:-

We are exhorted to look out for each others needs, not just our own -
Philippians 2:4 (CPDV)
Let each of you not consider anything to be your own, but rather to belong to others.

1 John 3:17 (NIV)
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?


St Paul also teaches that this help should not be just restricted to physical needs - we are to look out for each other in our spiritual development as well:-
Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.


The source of all of this is love, the agape love of God:-
John 15:12 (WEB)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you”.


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