Real love towards others produces tangible actions; 1. Kindness to strangers (Hebrews13:2); 2. Sympathy for those who are in prison and those who have been mistreated (Hebrews 13:3); 3.respect for one’s marriage vows (Hebrews 13:4); and 4. Satisfaction with what you have (Hebrews 13:5). Make sure your love runs deep enough to affect your hospitality, sympathy, fidelity, and contentment.
Some people say they cannot be hospitable because their homes are not large enough or nice enough. But even if you have no more than a table and two chairs in a rented room, there are people who would be grateful to spend time in your home. Are there visitors to your church who would like to share a meal with you? Do you know single people who would enjoy an evening of tea and talk? Is there any way your home could meet the needs of travelling missionaries? Hospitality simply means making other people feel comfortable and at home.
We are to have sympathy for those in prisons, especially for Christians imprisoned for their faith. Jesus said His true followers would visit those in prison as his representatives (Matthew 25:36) We are contented when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians today
who become materialistic are saying with our lives that God can’t take care of them or at least won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs.
If you are a Christian, you owe much to others who have taught you and modeled for you needed to know about the gospel and living the Christian life. Continue following the good examples of those who have invested a part of themselves in you. A part of following their example is to pass on the faith to others, to invest your life through evangelism, service, and Christian education.
We must keep our eyes on Christ, our ultimate leader, who, unlike human leaders, will never change. He has been and will be the same forever. In changing world, we can trust our unchanging Lord.
REFERENCE: HEBREWS 13:1-8
Written by: Pius Isaac Kedem Sedofia