Does God Really Care for Us?
Absolutely. We were in His heart and mind long before we took our first breath. God never stops caring for us. It is one of His Promises!
“I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NLT).
What Does God Say About Us Caring for One Another?
God tells us that we can love, because He first loved us (Romans 5:8).
Jesus says quite a lot about how people should be caring and considerate to others, and the best kind of love.
Love Your Neighbor
In a particular encounter with the Sadducees and the scribes, Jesus told them about a second greatest commandment. Here is what Jesus said:
Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Love One Another
John 13:34 A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another.
John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Love Your Enemy
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He frequently spoke of love and taught how to love one another. He spoke of forgiveness and how we should not hate one another. Take a look at how Jesus re-spoke the Old Testament teachings with his disciples:
|Old Testament||New Testament|
|Leviticus 19:17-18||Matthew 5:42-44|
|“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.||Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. ”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,|
How Are We to Love One Another?
So as you can see from the above Bible verses and so many others that are not listed here, we are called to love one another.
But “how” do we love one another? The truth of the matter is that the kind of love that we should show to one another is an “action” kind of love. We see this demonstrated by our own Heavenly Father in that “God so LOVED the world that he GAVE …”. Our love for one another is best displayed in our actions toward others.
We can tangibly show our love by serving those in need. People come to Church for 2 different reasons: either a spiritual or physical. If the needs are not met here, people go elsewhere and look for the answers; which may not always involve Christ.
The HGCWC’s Care Ministry is a group of volunteers who help meet the needs of the HGCWC family and community. Needs are met on a limited time basis in areas that would affect one’s health and safety.
Our Care Ministry is for those who have a need due to illness, handicap or a recent loss.
|A lack of something deemed necessary and meets the established criteria per the Care Ministry evaluation process.||Unrecoverable and usually unanticipated and non-recurring removal of the ability to take care of oneself on a short-term basis.|