Tip 8: Helping and Supporting Each Other
Helping and supporting each other is another level of the “being attentive” skill. It means providing practical help and support, including wisdom or counsel, and may occur in the group setting or outside of it.
• 1 Thessalonians 5:14—Encourage the timid, help the weak
• Luke 10:25–37—The Good Samaritan
Don’t give unsolicited and unwanted advice.
Help can be given inside the group context or outside the group
Why it’s important:
• Practical ways to show the love of God
• Helps us learn how to serve
How to do it:
• Recognize what characteristics or knowledge you have that could help others in the group
• Offer to help when you see an opportunity
• Know the difference between advice and help
– Advice = You ought to . . .
– Helping = Can I offer . . . ?
• Ask for help when you need it
Share Your Thoughts
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