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Hospitality

Hospitality and unity go hand in hand. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we are unified as brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, we are to be hospitable to each other with a cheerful heart, as we are in the family of God.

 

1 Peter 4:8-10 says…

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.' Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

We are to welcome those within the biblical community and those outside of the community. We aren't to welcome strangers because they have “earned the right.” Instead, we are to welcome them because of who we are as children of God. 

 

Hebrews 13:1-3

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”

HOSPITALITY IN ACTION

We are to show hospitality to others in biblical community without “grumbling.” This means we must center our hearts on Christ, not our desires. If grumbling or complaining starts to surface, pause and ask God to cleanse your heart and reveal to you what might be causing the discontentment or hesitation. We are also to show hospitality to others. 

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