Grace is the hospitality of God

In Romans 12:9-13 Paul tells us, “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Be not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.”

In Job 31:32, Job appeals to the Lord by telling Him that he never neglected hospitality.  He said, “The stranger did not lodge in the street, but I opened my doors to the traveler.”

The Lord himself said that Job was an upright man who feared the Lord and turned away from evil (Job 1:1).  If you go back in history as far as you want you will find that God appointed people to be hospitable.  It is our duty to welcome others into our home who usually would not belong there.

Hospitality is not just a once a year thing at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but a constant attitude and practice.  We should always be ready to practice hospitality ungrudgingly.  We should be the kind of people who do it because we love to do it.

Becoming the kind of person who doesn’t resent having to be hospitable is to fulfill the command to be the kind of person who doesn’t grumble and complain because of the extra workload.  We are to extend our hospitality to others without murmuring and resentment.

Again we find in 1 Peter 4:8-9, “Above all things hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.  And the next verse tells us, “Let your hospitality be an extension or an overflow of God’s hospitality to you.  Be a good steward of God’s grace.”

Grace is the hospitality of God to welcome sinners not because of their goodness but because of His glory.  The ultimate foundation of Christian hospitality is God’s unwavering commitment to glorify the freedom and all-sufficiency of His grace.

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