a few more thoughts on biblical hospitality

When discussing the topic of hospitality from Romans 12:13, John Stott emphasizes that a better rendering of “practice” hospitality would be to use the word “pursue.” Christians were not to simply “practice” hospitality, but were instead to “seek out” or “look for” opportunities to welcome strangers into their homes and lives. To help make his point he quotes the early Christian scholar Origen:

We are not just to receive the stranger when he comes to us, but actually to enquire after, and look carefully for, strangers, to pursue them and search them out everywhere, lest perchance somewhere they may sit in the streets or lie without a roof over their heads.

hospitality has been on my radar. this is a great thought about the intentionality of biblical hospitality.

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