Amy Raper: Hospitality is love in action

Hospitality is “meeting the needs of others through the use of one’s resources, specifically in and through the context of the home. Hospitality is love in action. It would also say that hospitality is not limited to the realm of home. Anyone in any situation can exercise hospitality simply by meeting another person’s need (whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual) by joyfully giving herself and her resources.”

Amy Raper in Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others by Pat Ennis, Lisa Matlock (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007) 53.

I pray you are able to practice hospitality today. It’s more than inviting a friend to a party. It’s interacting with people and giving them whatever they need. It can headquarter in our homes but since it’s about showing love and service, we extend it to others from anywhere.

Since the word “hospitality” is related to the word “hospital”, just like the medical headquarters dispenses whatever is needed to meet the needs of physically-broken people, dispense God’s love and grace generously toward someone. And just like doctor’s “practice” medicine, your efforts will bring life, help, and healing.

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