Care Enough to Help Guide Other’s
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 NLT)
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’“ Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Luke 10:30-37 NLT)
Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13 NASB)
If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. (Galatians 6:1 NIV)
I myself feel confident about you… that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14 NRSV)
Anyone can: Listen, be empathetic and pray.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13 NIV)
Questions to ask:
1. Have you been invited to speak into their situation?
2. Ask yourself, Am I “qualified” to speak into their situation?
3. Do they demonstrate a willingness to apply advice?
Keep their situation confidential. Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. (Proverbs 11:13 NLT)
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28 NIV)
4. What is MY next step?