What motivates us to demonstrate hospitality toward others? Why should we do it? Does it have anything to do with God? Our responsibility to demonstrate kindness to others, even strangers, actually had its beginning in the Old Testament.
In Leviticus 19:33-34 we read, “And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you , and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” Love strangers as the Lord loves each of us.
The children of Israel were strangers in Egypt, but God brought them out of Egypt and out of bondage. He came to the Israelites when they were oppressed aliens in Egypt and saved them.
Loving a stranger as you love yourself is demonstrated by our acceptance of others as well as the values we mirror that are from the way we live according to the Word of God.
Does God not show hospitality to those who are not following His Word? We owe our eternal life to grace, and grace is God’s disposition to glorify his freedom and power and wealth by showing hospitality to sinners.
It is natural to neglect hospitality. It is the path of least resistance. All we have to do is yield to the natural inclination of our self-centered life, and the result will be a life so full of self that there is no room for hospitality. The Bible tells us to stop neglecting hospitality, and start practicing it.
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