Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:9
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hospitality was taught by example in most Mennonite homes. Friends, family and neighbours knew they were welcome at any time and it was not unusual to invite strangers for a meal – the farm hands, salesmen, a family in need.
The Bible urges each person to show hospitality to those around them and to do it generously and without complaining. Hospitality is also listed as one of the spiritual gifts especially given to some individuals.
So many think that hospitality requires a specially set table and a fancy meal. However in our busy lives, most of us don’t have the time or inclination to do this.
The hospitality the Bible speaks of merely requires that we willingly share what we have with others.
A bowl of soup, take out pizza, a cup of coffee or the beautifully prepared meal – a warm bed, the offer of a ride, or a place to stay when misfortune strikes. All are ways to show hospitality to one another.
And don’t forget to extend that same hospitality to your children, your parents, and yes, even to yourself. In doing so you are a living example of the grace God has extended to you.