When you are sick and needy, you need others to help you and take care of your needs whether physical, emotional, or even financial. Caring for the sick as Christians is a powerful way to show that we love others and are truly disciples of Christ Jesus.
No one invites sickness into their lives, and it can happen to anyone at any time. As believers, we should pray for those who are sick, and we also have a moral obligation to care for them with practical actions, as well.
We exercise our faith in God through what we believe and what we do. Comforting others in their time of need plays a huge part in their healing journey.
When we look at others and have compassion for them it becomes easy to give them a helping hand. In these 65 helpful Bible verses about caring for the sick, we find inspiration and encouragement to be there for others and in this way imitate the love of Jesus.
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45 Helpful Bible Verses About Caring for the Sick
Our lives are busy and we can get so caught up in our own schedules and to-do lists. But when those around us are sick, the Word of God calls us to stop, pause, and put their needs first.
It takes true intentionality to care for those who are weak physically. When we visit them let’s offer practical help such as bringing meals, helping to take their medication, driving them to the doctor, financial help for medical bills, and caring for their families.
These 65 helpful Bible verses about caring for the sick show us how to love, pray, and do good to those who are ill.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
When one is sick, they can get worse when they struggle and suffer alone. The Holy Bible encourages us to call for help and ask others to pray for us when it may be difficult for us to pray for ourselves. God listens when we pray in faith for a sick person, and He heals them.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
Christ’s power when He was on earth was clearly demonstrated through the performance of miracles. Those who had sick family members amongst them brought them to Jesus, and He healed them.
If those who were sick had been neglected and left alone, they would not have received healing. But because they had people caring for them, those people were able to receive healing.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Being loving and caring for others is the second greatest commandment we’ve been given as Christians. (Matthew 22:39) Christ Jesus showed us the greatest love by sacrificing His life for us. When we love each other and care for others when they are sick, we show that we are His disciples.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
1 John 3:17-18
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
God’s unfailing love is not shown in words alone but also through the good things He does for us. True Christianity is the same. It’s in our belief but also in our good works. When someone is sick, we should offer them prayer and comforting words and at the same time, see how we can meet their physical needs.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
A sick person is often afraid of the future. The idea of taking medicine that their body is not used to, or the thought of death can cause fear about the future. In those times, as we care for the sick we should remind them of the promises of God.
His righteous right hand will guide and guard them. The Lord gives strength and helps those who are weak.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.
It’s important as Christians to bear each other’s burdens, and be kind, compassionate, and tenderhearted toward others. This shows that we are truly children of God following His ways and obeying His commands.
As we help others, we do it for the glory of God, not for our own glory. Ultimately, the Lord is the one who will reward us, even if people don’t see the sacrifices and help we’ve given for those who are sick.
In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
When Apostle Paul and his companions were shipwrecked on the island of Malta it was Publius who showed them hospitality and kindness. So when Publius’ father was sick, Apostle Paul prayed for him and healed him.
Through good works, such as caring for the sick, we can even bring those who are not Christians to repent of their sins and enter the Kingdom of God!
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
What a powerful scripture about caring for the sick. This is a reminder that when we help those in prisons, clothe those who are in need, and help the sick, we don’t do it for them alone, but we do it ultimately for Jesus Christ. He is our Creator and we are made in His image.
When we are helping others, we are doing the ministry of Christ and showing our obedience and moral obligation to Him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
In difficult times, we run to the Lord God for He is our shield, helper, and deliverer. The persistent prayer of a righteous person will accomplish healing and restoration to good health.
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Instead of worrying, stressing, and having anxiety about the difficult season of illness, we should put our hope in the Lord. As we pray thanking Him for all His blessings, He will grant us His peace which surpasses human understanding. His peace is in the midst of life’s storms and challenges.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
When someone is lying on the bed of illness, they feel weak and out of control. As we pray and care for them, let’s remind them that the Lord will strengthen and restore them. There is always hope in Him.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
God’s Word encourages us to be like Jesus Christ. He didn’t care much for his own interests but for our interests. Because of his humble spirit, love, and selflessness, we too have been welcomed as heirs into the Kingdom of God.
2 Corinthians 1:3
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Our good deeds and how we treat others should be evidence to others that we are a disciple of Christ.
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
The power of God is shown in our weaknesses. His grace becomes sufficient for us when we understand that we need Him more than we realized. As you care for the sick, remind them of God’s grace to strengthen them physically and spiritually, as well.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
There is abundant peace for those who are humble and committed to the Lord. As we care for those who are sick, the Lord will take care of our own needs and reward us richly.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
This is a great scripture and encouragement for those who are sick. Our prayer for them is that they will be in good health as the Lord strengthens and restores them.
O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
Job’s friends cared for and comforted him in difficult times. They came from their own places, left their comfort zones and in one spirit went to be with their friend. Real friends show each other true love and it’s not just in words but in actions too.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
We never know when sickness will befall us and our families. The Holy Bible encourages us to be kind to others and love them. Hopefully, they will do the same for us in our time of need.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
When others are sick in the church or even those in our families and communities who are not believers, it’s an opportunity for us to practice kindness and love. This shows our faith in action and is a powerful way to spread God’s love and the truth of the gospel.
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Poor people and those who are sick will always be amongst us. The Word of God encourages us to be considerate, open our hands, and meet the physical needs of the poor man. When we deliver them, show mercy, and honor them in their time of trouble, the Lord will bless us.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.
The Word of God encourages us to care for the sick, poor, needy, and weak among us. It’s an opportunity to show hospitality, kindness, and above all, love to others.
When we love others it shows that we are children of God. Our love should not be in words alone but through practical help to those who need us. When we do this, we glorify the Lord and even encourage others to be part of the Kingdom of God.
May these 65 helpful Bible verses about caring for the sick encourage you to comfort, pray for, and do good to those who are weak in your life. Remind them of God’s grace and unfailing love so they can be strengthened, healed, and restored in mind, body, and spirit.