Weekly Devotional, Year 5–Week 22, June 2, 2023, By Pastor Donnie Clemons
1 Peter 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
God’s Word teaches us to be hospitable toward one another in a few places; that specifically means our brothers and sisters in Christ. Christians are to be hospitable toward other Christians. That means we are to be friendly, welcoming, and generous with our fellow believers in Christ. Both our door and our heart should always be open to them, and our hospitality should be sincere. True hospitality does not allow for grumbling and complaining about how inconvenient it was to be hospitable.
Hospitality is especially important to Church leaders. Paul says it is a requirement for them. “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach…” (1 Timothy 3:2) But hospitality isn’t reserved for Church leaders only. Paul says all Christians should be “given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) So Christians must be hospitable toward one another.
But hospitality has its limits. There is one group we Christians should never be hospitable toward—false teachers. John tells us, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (2 John 1:10-11)
So, consider what God’s Word tells us about hospitality. Be hospitable, especially to your fellow believers, and don’t open your home to anyone who brings in false doctrine.
Have a God Filled Week,