Caring for others and ourselves takes a lot of effort. Besides the practical matters of hospitality and seeing to the needs of the poor, there's our own attitudes and emotional up-keep. But God gives us no task that He won't prepare us for.
Caring for Others
The Bible instructs us to care for each other — for our families, those in need, and other believers. Fortunately, it also tells us how.
Matthew 5 shows how much Jesus expects our attitudes to match our obedient actions. When good actions come from righteous attitudes, it proves we don't act for selfish reasons.
When caring for others, patience, resiliance, and humility are essential. It takes more than an impulsive desire to help; it takes God-fueled empathy.
|Authority in Caring|
The concept of authority gives order to caring for others, but it also adds a kink in the system. Jesus' view is that the greatest servants should be those in authority.
Caring for Ourselves
|Sickness — Health|
We can't care for others unless we take care of ourselves. This includes taking care of our health, including taking preventative measures to make sure we don't get sick.
|Diseases & Medical Conditions|
Caring for fallen people in a fallen world will inevitably involve health problems. What does the Bible say about disease and poor health?
Caring for ourselves and for others often involves food. Why should we eat healthfully? What about genetically modified food? Is there hope for those struggling with eating disorders?
Grief, shame, regret — we all deal with negative emotions. Whether they're temporary, situation-based emotions or clinical, chronic struggles, God's Word in Scripture can help.
Characters in the Bible suffered from depression. Moses and David showed signs, and especially Jeremiah. How did they find encouragement in God, even in their suffering?
|Feelings and Emotions|
David's Psalms are proof that Christ-followers can have strong feelings, not all of them healthy. What the Bible has to say about bitterness, loneliness, insecurity, and others.
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