Romans 12:13


This week our church is hosting a Pastor’s Conference. This also means that I have the joy of hosting three Belarusian pastors in my home who will be attending the Pastor’s Conference. The fancy word for hosting, sheltering and entertaining travelers is hospitality. And the Bible has plenty to say about hospitality. Therefore, this week, since the act is in front of me, we will be looking at what the Bible has to say about hospitality.

First, hospitality is commanded.

NAU Romans 12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

NIV Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

KJV Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality

It is simply the action expected of a Christian! Although the word PRACTICE, which is the best translation of the Greek word, is NOT in the Imperative or command case, the participle has the force of a command. Christians are to be practicing the love of strangers (the actual meaning of the Greek word translated hospitality).

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