[ Back ] [ Up ] [ Next ]
What is the
meaning of the word hospitality?
"Reception and entertainment of strangers or guests, without
reward, or with kind and generous liberality." Webster.
What, then, are
the characteristics of true hospitality?
Kindness, generosity, and love, or charity.
hospitality must flow from love for our fellow beings, what is fulfilled by its
"Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is fulfilling of the
law." Rom. 13:10. See also Gal. 5:13, 14.
What law is here
"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false wit- ness, Thou shalt not covet; and
if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying,
namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Rom. 13:9.
enjoined as a duty?
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers." Heb. 13:2. "Use
hospitality one to another." 1 Peter 4:9. "The stranger that dwelleth
with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as
thyself." Lev. 19:34.
Why ought we
thus to exercise charity , or hospitality, to strangers?
"For the Lord your God is God of gods, ...and loveth the stranger, in
giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger." Deut.
Prove that it
enters into the foundation of Christian character.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction." James 1:27.
Who are under
the obligation to exercise hospitality?
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, ...be kindly affectioned one
to another with brotherly love, ...distributing to the necessity of saints;
given to hospitality." Rom. 12:1, 10, 13. "Let not a widow be
taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one
man, well reported of for good works; ...if she have lodged strangers, ...if
she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good
work." 1 Tim. 5:9, 10. "Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man." Eccl. 12:13.
But are not
those who are called to be ministers of the gospel exempt from this obligation?
"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality." 1 Tim. 3:2. " A bishop
must be... a lover of hospitality." Titus 1:7, 8.
Upon whom should
hospitality be bestowed?
"Use hospitality one to another." 1 Peter 4:9. "As we
have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto
them who are of the household of faith." Gal. 6:10.
hospitality be exercised to those who are our enemies?
"If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink."
What is said of
those who make a distinction between rich and poor?
"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of
glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with
a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile
raiment, and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto
him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or
sit here under my footstool; are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are
become judges of evil thoughts?" "If ye have respect to persons, ye
commit sin." James 2:1-4, 9.
In what spirit
should hospitality be exercised?
"Use hospitality one to another without grudging." 1 Peter
4:9. "Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the
brethren, and to strangers." 3 John 1:5. "And though I bestow all my
goods to feed the poor... and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." 1
Whom do we honor
when we exercise hospitality?
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, ...In as much as
ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto
Me." Matt. 25:40.
What was the
Saviour speaking about on this occasion?
"For I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave
me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me;
I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me." Matt.
What effect has
hospitality on those who exercise it?
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35.
"The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth ...shall be
watered also himself." Prov. 11:25. "He that hath a bountiful eye
shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor." Prov. 22:9.
What is the
effect of hospitality shown to an enemy?
"In so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." Rom.
Is there any
reward promised to those who show hospitality?
"He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a
prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a
righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give
to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a
disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matt.
Will a person
lose anything in this life by being hospitable?
"He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack." Prov. 28:27.
"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he
hath given will he pay him again." Prov. 19:17. "Give, and it shall be
given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running
over, shall men give into your bosom." Luke 6:38.
What will be the
final reward for hospitality?
"Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world: for I was a hungered, and ye gave Me meat;
I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in."
Matt. 25:34, 35.
characters were especially noted for hospitality?
"And he [Abraham] lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood
by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed
himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy
sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let
a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves
under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts;
after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they
said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah,
and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make
cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender
and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took
butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and
he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat." Genesis 18:2-8.