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God is determined to accomplish His purpose by gifting every believer

The Attitude of Suffering
Love Strangers

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:34-46

Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:9

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

The next attitude of suffering Peter writes about is about caring for strangers. The word is translated in most versions as “hospitality.” The term comes from the idea of people traveling from far distances and needing assistance in this new land. One Syriac version renders this: “be lovers of strangers.”

There is no doubt that offering help and assistance to strangers is a form of suffering. We must give up some of our own time, energy, and, possibly money, to help strangers in need. It’s not easy for most of us to lay our own comfort aside to help others in need. Again, our leader, Jesus, laid aside the glories of heaven to come to earth to offer help to us. What God, through Christ, gave to us was free; all God asks is that we pass it on to others.

I need to remind us that when we study this concept of being “lovers of strangers,” it is not an emotional kind of love that we have for our family. As we read in 1 John 5:3, “Loving God means keeping His commandments…” In other words, do it, knowing it is pleasing to God. Don’t allow your love for God to boil down to a sentimental feeling—that is not what God wants! Let’s go do what He commands.

Father, I will be alert to the needs around me today. I will help those that you point me to. In Jesus’ name, amen.