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As the Spirit of God leads you, reach out to your neighbors in caring ways. Let Jesus love them through you. Develop a relationship with them. People will most often be more willing to hear what you have to say about spiritual matters when they know you personally and know you care.

Scripture references for caring:

  • Matthew 22:37-39 “And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’”
  • Romans 12:10-21 “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Instead,“If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:24“Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12“And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.”
  • Titus 3:14“Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.”

IDEAS for CARING

  • Be friendly! Greet the people on your list and others God may send across your path, whenever you see them with a "Hi" or a wave. Cultivate friendliness! Many people are very lonely. One quick wave or "Hi" may be their only friendly contact with anyone that day. Build relationships by allowing time to be outside in your yard when neighbors are usually out. In an apartment, be friendly while checking your mail or doing the laundry.
  • Be quick to Reach out with "Random Acts of Kindness." Pick up Trash on Their Lawn, Put Their Paper by Their Door, or Do Anything That You See to Do.
  • Invite a Neighbor in Whenever They Stop by. This Will Usually Be When the House Is Not Very Tidy or When You Have Company-However, This Openness Will Make You a Real Friend.
  • Host a Neighborhood Block Party or Small Coffee Gathering. Be Ready to Listen-People Need to Know That You Care about What Is Important to Them! Watch for Needs They Have or Needs They Share. Let Them Know You Will Be Praying for Them. And Then Do It!\

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