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Scripture passages that guide the work of Habitat for Humanity

For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

— Galatians 5:14

  • Matthew 25:40 — And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
  • Exodus 22:25 — If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them.
  • Deuteronomy 14:22 — Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field.
  • 1 John 3:17-18 — How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
  • Matthew 6:21 — For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  • Luke 3:1 — In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”
  • Acts 20:35 — In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • James 2:14-17 — What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
  • Romans 12:2 — Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Deuteronomy 15:7-8 — If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.
  • Matthew 5:14-16 — “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
  • Galatians 5:14 — For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Psalm 127:1a — Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. 

Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.