One thing that is always going to be true in life is that everybody needs help sometimes. It doesn’t matter how strong you are or how rich you are, you are definitely going to need someone’s help at one point or the other. So it is important that you also do as much as you can to always help others.
Just as you would like for someone to be there for you when you are in need, be there for others too. Helping others, being kind to others, showing mercy to others all help to brighten people’s day and make life a little bit bearable for them.
The Bible encourages us to always help others and be there for others. It also urges us to love one another. This shows how important it is to help others. See below for some bible verses to remind you of why and how you should help others.
Bible verses about helping others
If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
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.
What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Give to the one who asks you, and does not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
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.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8
Prayer for helping those in need
Thank you for your love and mercy in my life
Thank you for being my provider and my comforter
Today, I pray for those who are struggling and in need of help
I pray that you will visit them and bless them
Touch their lives, Lord, let them see your goodness in their life
I pray that you, Lord, will use me as a tool to spread joy to people
Fill my heart with the desire to help people
Teach me to be patient and understanding to people
Help me to identify the needy and help them
Teach me to put what you’ve given me to good use in order to benefit others
In Jesus’ name, I pray,