Hospitality : A Very Christian Virtue By Gill Robins Essay

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Hospitality To begin the project on Hospitality, I read a couple of articles. The first, Hospitality – a Very Christian Virtue by Gill Robins, talked about the Biblical sense of hospitality and how we are to accept and include others. She gave some examples of how a lack of hospitality can lead to conflict between people. Robins’ article did not emphasize what to do to be hospitable, as much as why we are to be hospitable. Drawing from 1 Timothy 5:10, she says, “Hospitality is about perceiving the needs of others and doing our best to meet them and it’s also about service.” In addition to these articles, I looked up verses about hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” 1 Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” These verses address the why, but also the how. Are we hospitable if we have a bad attitude? I believe we cannot be angry in our hearts when showing hospitality. If our attitude is bad, we are just being legalistic in our approach rather than intentional. The second article I read was Christian Hospitality by Kathy Sharp. Sharp made the point that hospitality is both a spiritual gift and a spiritual mandate. Some Christians are simply better at it, but we are all called to be hospitable towards others. When entertaining others, we should not worry so much about the projection of an image; rather we should dedicate our time and…

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