Daily Reflections

Work Together for Truth

April 22, 2024 Erin Davis

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. —3 John 1:8 NIV

I’m an introvert by nature. I like a quiet house with clean floors and sparkling dishes left in the cabinet. Even so, I try to have people in my house as often as possible.

Why? Because of God’s heart for hospitality. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.” First Peter 4:9 says, “Be hospitable to one another without complaining.”

Using our space to bless others isn’t about mimicking Martha Stewart. Hospitality is a way to work together for the truth (3 John 1:8). Inviting others into our space and doing our best to serve them is part of being salt and light.

The dictionary describes someone who is hospitable as 1) given to generous and friendly reception of guests; 2) offering a pleasant environment; 3) readily receptive; 4) open. 1

No matter where you live, you can strive to create a pleasant environment, receive guests, be open to others, and use your space to be a blessing. You can extend hospitality to those in need.

1 Merrriam-Webster Online, s.v. “hospitable,” accessed November 13, 2023, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable


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