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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 6, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[When His children are in need, help them out.]
Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host. The home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good-natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests’ needs, such as a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or just acceptance. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can even happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain. (NLT)
Romans 12:9-18 – Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.
If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don’t curse them, pray that God will bless them. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.
Quoted verse: Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. –Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
“Story” – Pamela Rosales (Oregon, USA) titled her story “A HEALING BALM;” here is a portion of Pamela’s story:
“My world shattered when I read an anonymous letter exposing my husband’s affair. Afterward . . . I began attending a church in my new location. The church provided one-on-one counseling, and my counselor encouraged me to join a women’s Bible study. The leader invited me to an upcoming retreat and told me about a women’s prayer group that prays for individuals in need. Everywhere I turned I found welcoming, loving people. Most did not know of my situation, but their care and acceptance was a balm to my broken heart and decimated self-esteem.
“Later, my husband began attending church with me. The sincere welcoming and forgiving behavior of those who knew our situation helped him on his journey to understand what being a forgiven follower of Jesus really means.
“Through it all, I realized how important it is for each of us to be warm and friendly to every person we encounter. We cannot know the pain and sorrow that others are dealing with, but in this broken world almost everyone is hurting in some way. That pain may bring someone to church for the first time. But whether a new or long-time attender, each desperately needs the kindness that represents the grace and healing Christ offers.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I offer hospitality, I may be offering God’s healing.
Prayer: O God, help me to see each person as your creation and to show each of them your love. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/