I promised you that God truly made hospitality to not just benefit those that are on the recieving end, but also bless those who are giving it. It is really important to our spiritual health and a sign of our maturity in Christ when we realize this and obey God's commands in this area.
Here are 10 Great Tips For Practicing Hospitality From Nancy Leigh Demoss:
#1--Hospitality is one of the most practical ways to express the love of Christ. That's how people know that we love them and that we love each other as believers is through hospitality.
#2--Hospitality reflects the hospitable heart of God. We have a God who is hospitable. And when we practice hospitality, we show the world what He is like.
#3--Hospitality is a great way to build unity and community with other believers. Getting into each other's lives just does not happen within the four walls of the church. That's where we can meet each other. But then when we come into the context of our homes, that's where we break bread, we break down barriers and we create a climate for true fellowship and love to be experienced.
#4--The Bible promises rewards for those who practice hospitality. There are some blessings that you will never experience unless you are opening your home to others.
#5--Hospitality is one of the most effective ways to create a hunger for Christ in the hearts of non-believers. Some people who won't go in the door of a church will come into your home. And that's where we can begin to share with them the love of Christ.
#6--Hospitality will help you deal with loneliness and depression. (This is me inserting my two cents here...I think of us mothers with young children. Sometimes we are dealing with post partum blues, loneliness and discouragement, hospitality is one way of dealing with that. Especially if you feel you can’t get out much. You can invite people to come to you!)
#7--Hospitality will help us deal with selfishness. Hospitality is a way of running into the face of that selfishness and breaking down that natural selfish instinct.
#8--Hospitality will help you deal with materialism and help you get values that are eternal. You are using the blessings that God has given you, to bless others.
#9--Hospitality is a great way to cultivate in your children a heart for ministry and a heart for serving other people.
#10--If there were no other reasons this would be sufficient reason. And that is that God commands us to be hospitable. If you are a child of God, I have news for you. Hospitality is not an option. We are commanded to be hospitable.
He doesn't say, "If you are a Martha Stewart, be hospitable. But if you don't have her gift, then you can leave that to someone else. He says, "This is for every believer." In fact, almost every New Testament author talks about the importance of hospitality.
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I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball