In a hospitable home, everyone serves each other because each one considers the others to be very special people.
Hospitality is often defined as the display of thoughtfulness to strangers and guests. But having guests over for dinner is only part of the hospitality–the easy part. The more challenging aspect of hospitality happens after the door shuts when the visitors leave: Can your family treat each other with the same attention and respect that is reserved for special visitors?
We are often more kind to strangers and friends than we are to the members of our family. The “outsiders” get the best part of us, while the people in our own household get the worst part of us. There’s an old saying that goes, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” but it doesn’t have to be true because it’s old.
Here’s another old saying: “I command you to love each other” (John 15:17). When Jesus said these words, He didn’t excuse those with whom you share a bathroom and refrigerator.
let us continue to love one another,
for love comes from God. 1 John 4:7