Loving Strangers | Today’s Christian Woman

16 Apr

As we explore ways to be missional within our community this particular article seemed timely…

welcomeWe serve Christ directly when we show hospitality to those we don’t know.

The word hospitality might evoke images of soft, sweet kindness, tea parties, and bland conversations, but that is only because we have lost God’s vision for loving strangers.

In the original language of the New Testament, hospitality literally means “loving strangers.” Hospitality is offering a space where both we and the stranger can grow closer and share our lives as God intended.

Of course, everyone we meet isn’t meant to become our closest friend, but God calls us to be people who are constantly reaching out to the strangers in our lives—to serve, befriend, and treat them as people dearly loved by God instead of as objects in our paths.

When we offer hospitality, we open our lives to the transformational work of Christ. Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9, and Matthew 25:34-40 show that hospitality is important in authentic biblical community. In the Old Testament, it was the highest priority to offer food and shelter to strangers, partially because God at times appeared in the form of traveling strangers.

To view the remaining article: Loving Strangers | Today’s Christian Woman.

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