brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool; are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?" "If ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin." James 2:1-4, 9.
In what spirit should hospitality be exercised? "Use hospitality one to another without grudging." 1 Peter 4:9. "Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers." 3 John 1:5. "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor... and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." 1 Cor. 13:3.
Whom do we honor when we exercise hospitality? "And the King shall answer and say unto them, ...In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matt. 25:40.
What was the Saviour speaking about on this occasion? "For I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me." Matt. 25:35, 36.
What effect has hospitality on those who exercise it? "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35. "The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth ...shall be watered also himself." Prov. 11:25. "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor." Prov. 22:9.
What is the effect of hospitality shown to an enemy? "In so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." Rom. 12:20.
Is there any reward promised to those who show hospitality? "He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. " Matt. 10:41, 42.
Will a person lose anything in this life by being hospitable? "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack. " Prov. 28:27. "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again." Prov. 19:17. "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom." Luke 6:38.
What will be the final reward for hospitality? "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was a hungered, and ye gave Me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in." Matt. 25:34, 35.
What Bible characters were especially noted for hospitality? "And he [Abraham] lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat." Genesis 18:2-8.
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