Hospitality

by admin ~ August 19th, 2017. Filed under: Brandenburg.

3 John 1:5-8 say, “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; . . . . whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” Visiting, fellowshiping believers are on a “journey after a godly sort,” who are “taking nothing” from the world, and are obviously representing the truth. We ought to receive them, bring them forward on their journey, because in their case, we are fellowhelpers to the truth. Romans 12:13 says concerning all church members that they should be “given to hospitality.” This is the Greek word philoxenia. You hear people say “xenophobic” today, which is apparently fear of strangers. This is the love of strangers. I don’t think it is just anyone, but those who meet a description of a believer, but we want to help them.

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