Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Be Hospitable

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)

  • Hospitality is the friendly reception and treatment of guests and strangers.

  • Hospitality makes people feel welcomed and valued. It makes people think they are worth getting to know more, worth caring for, and worth serving for.

  • Hospitality promotes love, affection and brotherhood. Hospitality brings life, respect, honor, encouragement, joy, laughter, peace, warm, strength, and hope.

  • We are told to be hospitable to one another without grumbling. We are to show hospitality to everyone. There is no favoritism, no discrimination, no segregation or preferential treatment. There is no grumbling, no complaints, no sign of bitterness, and no selfishness displayed.

  • Hospitality honors and glorifies God. That is how we are a light in a lost world. That is how we show the love of God for lost mankind.

  • Hospitality is not a gift to possess; it is a gift you give to others. Hospitality is all about opening up your heart to another, putting others first, finding practical ways of demonstrating the love and acceptance of the Lord.

  • Some of us have the gift of hospitality and practices it well. Others still need to learn and understand how it works.

  • Seek hospitality. It makes all the difference in the world when one feels welcomed.

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