Hospitality is the Friendly Treatment of Guests and Strangers

Hospitality can be defined as the friendly treatment of guests or strangers.  We receive our guests in a warm, friendly, and cordial way.  What degree of hospitality do you show those you come in contact with each day?  Hospitality must become a condition of the heart.  We feel, experience, and demonstrate it.

In Matthew 25:35-36 we are instructed by the Lord as to how to be hospitable and helpful to others.  He said, “I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  I was naked and you clothed me.  I was sick and you visited me.  I was in prison and you came to me.”

In this passage the Lord is telling His disciples that as they have done this for others it is as if they have done it to Him.  As children of God we depend on our joint heirs to the kingdom.  Hands of mercy and love comfort and help to mend the wounds one may experience.

In her book Open Heart, Open Home Karen Mains tells us that the larger part of her rich and goodly inheritance came as a result of opening doors to others as well as receiving fellowship of suffering and delight from those who cared enough to care.  God knows we won’t be the people He wants us to be without pain.  Don’t ask where God’s love is.  This is His shadow side.  It is here in these bad things as well as the good.

What role of hospitality have you played to help create a warmer feeling in your church family or any family setting?  Hospitality is more than just a human talent; it is a gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is a supernatural ministry that, when combined with righteous living, bathed in prayer, and dedicated to the Lord, can be used by God far beyond anything we ask or think.

A theme of hospitality is a thread that runs through the Bible.  It is a design for open-heartedness to all people.  We are to share what we have with those in need.  We are to open ourselves and our homes.

If “home is where the heart is”, where is your heart?  Just think about the impact your church could make on those in your community if families would just “Open Heart, Open Home.

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