Verse of the Day: What is Christian Hospitality

May 4, 2007

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13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Romans 12:13 (NLT)

From the Life Application Bible:

Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host: The home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good-natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests’ needs, such as a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or just acceptance. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can even happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.

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One Response to “Verse of the Day: What is Christian Hospitality”


  1. This is true, hospitality is about focussing on the guest, and more so. I think hospitality is also focussing on the needs of strangers, as well as those whom you know well.

    My wife and I have just started a Christian Hospitality blog and we’re thinking through some of this stuff. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Calum


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