“Be hospitable”

I Peter 4:9 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”

Romans 12:13 “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

I Timothy 3:2  “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

Titus 1:8  “But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;”

Hospitality is to be used, given to and loved according to our verses.  Some are so good at hospitality.  They make you feel so loved and welcomed whether it is in their home or at church.  To be hospitable is to give generous and cordial reception to others.  We can be readily receptive to others no matter where we are.  Even while shopping we can be hospitable to those we meet by taking time to speak to them.  It does not always have to be that we invite others to our home although that is a great place to be hospitable.  How about at church where we can make others feel welcome and wanted.  Have you ever been in a church service where no one greeted you or even shook your hand?  Doesn’t make you want to go back, does it?   Are we guilty of this when others come to our church?

God puts so much emphasis on our hospitality to one another that He says even a bishop should be given to hospitality.  Even our Christian leaders need to be hospitable.  We are to love hospitality.  We are to enjoy sharing and fellowshipping with others.  We get to know one another.  We learn how to pray for each other and help one another.  If we stay aloof, sit by ourselves and never share with others, we will lead a very lonely life.  We are social beings and need to be hospitable.  A front porch is a great place to show hospitality or even over the backyard fence.  Opportunities are there if we but look.

For many this is a fun vitamin to take but for others it is more difficult.  Those who are hospitable can help those who are not.  Enjoy one another.  Share with one another.  Visit with one another.  Do it all without grudging or grumbling.  Do it because God says we should.  Takes time but after all, God gave us all the time we need if we use time in His way.