Just one more thing: True Christian Hospitality
"Hail Guest! We ask not what thou art: If Friend, we greet thee, hand and heart; If Stranger, such no longer be; If Foe, our love shall conquer thee." This old Welsh door verse vividly expresses to me the warm attitude of true Christian hospitality. What are the ingredients of Christian hospitality? Is Christian hospitality optional or is it commanded? In Romans 12 we find specifically noted the attributes God expects to be a part of the Christian life. We are to share the things we have with those in need: "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality... Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep" (verses 13, 15). Hospitality is not just having people over for a party. Sometimes it entails weeping and real concern, sharing another's grief.
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