Why I Welcome Strangers

welcomeIt is always a good idea to make strangers feel welcome whenever we meet someone. The Bible points out many times that this is the right thing to do.  Not only is it right, but it comes back and we are rewarded in many ways!

“Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me. 41 If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. 42 And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”Matthew 10:40-42

Helping friends who are in need and have nowhere to turn for help through difficult times is an opportunity to welcome them into our home for comfort.

But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Titus 1:8

People who welcome others in many situations will gain new respect for the good they do.  Have you ever known someone who gave up their time to help others and never expected anything in return?  They are truly a blessing and admired for their good deeds.

She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good? 1 Timothy 5:10

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Anytime I feel that I have enough to do and there is no extra time to help or make someone feel welcome, I need to stop and focus on this verse.

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2

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Comments

  1. Oh, yes – hospitality welcomes. I think our hearts are designed for it! Have a blessed, hospitality-filled Friday!

  2. Thank you! Giving is better than receiving, so yes it does do a heart good. 🙂

  3. Hospitality is so very important for us as Christians. It’s often the door through which we build relationships with others and interest them in knowing why we are the way we are–which gives us an opportunity to witness.

  4. Exactly Anita! This is so effective because it isn’t just speaking the Word, it is actively doing it. Thank you for your post. 🙂

  5. Oh, Amen! Love the verses you included in your post, and how you directed us to welcoming strangers. I especially appreciate Hebrews 13:2. Thank you for this. God bless you as you welcome strangers and take time to help others!

  6. Yes Julie, that is my favorite verse about welcoming strangers…love it! Thank you for your post!

  7. Hi Verona! Hospitality is such a wonderful grace. It helps me to extend myself to my fellow brothers and sisters in life. That’s what we were created for…to be his hands and feet. Thank you for the reminder to always be open to accepting and celebrating our human family 🙂
    Blessings,
    Ceil

  8. Yes we were created to serve God and others. In return, we will be welcomed and blessed as well! Thank you Ceil for you post! 🙂

  9. I love this Verona! Taking the time to welcome others whether they are friends or people we don’t know is so important. A welcoming spirit creates an atmosphere that is honoring to God! May we all extend hospitality to those we meet.

  10. Thank you Mary for your kind post! 🙂

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