Showing hospitality is a good thing to do

Last updated on November 19, 2021

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2)

It is a general Biblical command to love your neighbor as you love yourself. But our love should not be confined to our literal neighbors or to our inner circle of friends and family members. In the book of Hebrews, we are urged to show hospitality to strangers as well. This was especially important in those days, when most people could not afford to spend the night in a hotel. But it still holds true today.

Since we, as believers, are like strangers in the world, we can identify with people who are far from home and feel lost and lonely. Let this encourage us to welcome strangers. These people are especially vulnerable and may need our help.

Hebrews 13:2 mentions that some people have welcomed angels into their home without knowing it. The Bible records at least one example, namely the story about Lot. When he saw two strangers in the city, he offered them a meal and a place to sleep. The next morning, the strangers turned out to be angels sent by God to save Lot and his family from His judgment.

Welcoming strangers is a good way to express love. How can you show hospitality?

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