"Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. " I Peter 4:9
In the New Testament, hospitality is a hallmark of Christian living. It is listed as a characteristic and qualification of church leaders [I Timothy 3:2; Titus 3:2] and is commanded for every follower of Jesus as an expression of love [Romans 12:13; I Peter 4:9]. But its meaning goes deeper than being a gracious host or opening our homes to guests. As I shared in yesterday's devotional, the Greek word translated “hospitality” means “love of strangers.” The call is to pursue relationships with people who are not in our normal circle. Our homes are our greatest tools for evangelism and discipleship. Jesus said, "for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me'" [Matthew 25:35-40].
Much love and care, Pastor Pat
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