Be Hospitable – By David Ibiyeomie

1 PETER 4:9 -Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him). [AMP CLASSIC EDITION]

The word “hospitality” in Greek literally means “fondness for, or kindness to, strangers.
Let love for your fellow believers continue {and} be a fixed practice with you [never let it fail]. Do not forget {or} neglect {or} refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:1-2 AMP).

Being hospitable and kindhearted is an indication of the God-nature in you. Jesus said, “Treat others as you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31 TLB). Kindness isn’t so much what we do for ourselves but what we do for others. Have a determination to show someone kindness which only God can repay.

The Christian life is a life of love freely given us of God. That love makes you think of others and accept them just as they are, even when it seems they don’t deserve it. We’re even admonished to be loving and kindhearted to strangers. Some people don’t treat strangers right. Once they don’t care about you, they wouldn’t want to help. But the scripture says we shouldn’t be forgetful to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels unawares.
Several times in scriptures, angels appeared as normal human beings, dressed in regular outfits like everyday people. For example, the Bible says three men appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18:2. One of them was the Lord, while the other two were angels. When the two angels went into Sodom and Gomorrah, the men of those cities saw them as ordinary men because they were just like anybody else. Also, in the New Testament, there were appearances of angels in human form and today, we still have such appearances.
Angels have the authority to appear in a glorified form or in a concealed manner, looking like humans. This is why you must be kind to strangers. Don’t hesitate to help strangers, and treat them as well as you would if you knew them; but do so without naivety and gullibility.

God bless you

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