Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hospitality

Thank you Pastor Phil for the great word on Tue! Simple but yet often neglected by us.

Hospitality should be a mark of our Christian walk. It is listed as a characteristic of church leaders and in fact, it is also commanded for every follower of Jesus as an expression of love (Rom 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9). But it’s more than just being a gracious host or opening our homes to guests.

Did some web searching and this is what I found:-

One explanation says that “hospitality” means “love of strangers.” When Paul speaks of being “given to hospitality” (Rom. 12:13), he is calling us to pursue relationships with people who are in need. In order words, it is to reach out to those we meet on our way through life—people who may be estranged from their culture, country, friends, family, or even from God.

Whether we are at home, school, army camp, or even church, we can welcome others as a way of showing our love for them and for Christ. Hospitality is making room for people in need. It is not an easy task!

Nouwen writes: “Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”

~~ from Our Daily Bread by David C. McCasland ~~

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