Care for One Another
When Jesus went to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to act in His place as a caregiver. We were not to be left alone in our times of need. The Holy Spirit is not only an interpreter, but a guide, intercessor and comforter. God does not leave us alone, without help, because He cares and knows that we need assistance for salvation, healing, encouragement and daily guidance as we continue on our life’s journey that is constantly changing and challenging. Many times, Christ also encouraged us to care for others out of love.
Mat_19:19 honor your father and mother, and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mat_22:37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Mat_22:39 And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mat 25:34 Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:35 For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;
Mat 25:36 I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.
Joh_13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another.
Rom 12:6 Then having gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith;
Rom 12:7 or ministry, in the ministry; or he who teaches, in the teaching;
Rom 12:8 or he who exhorts, in the encouragement; or he who shares, in simplicity; or he who takes the lead, in diligence; or he who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.
Rom_12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy, shrinking from evil, cleaving to good;
Rom_12:10 in brotherly love to one another, loving fervently, having led one another in honor.
1Ti_1:5 But the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned,
1Jn_3:11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;
1Jn_3:18 My children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1Jn_4:8 The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.
1Jn_4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Luk 10:33 But a certain traveling Samaritan came upon him, and seeing him, he was filled with pity.
Luk 10:34 And coming near, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luk 10:35 And going on the next day, he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him. And whatever more you spend, when I come again I will repay you.
1Co_12:25 that there not be division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are differences of workings, but it is the same God working all things in all.
1Co 12:7 But to each one is given the showing forth of the Spirit to our profit.
1Co 12:8 For through the Spirit is given to one a word of wisdom; and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 and to another faith by the same Spirit; and to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 and to another workings of powers, to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; and to another kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues.
1Co 12:11 But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each one as He desires.
We are called to use the gifts of abilities and possessions that we have been given to give help to both ourselves and others. Christ gave us example of all that we are called to do with his life and words. Let us also have eyes to see the needs around us: Hunger, sickness, lack of reasoning, loneliness, infirmity, fear, heartache and ignorance. Ask God for guidance and then give aid as directed in wisdom. In so doing, we become ministers of God’s grace passed on through us. Try it! You will like it. By aiding others, we ourselves are blessed and encouraged in joy. Giving is one of the best ways to overcome depression.