5 親愛的兄弟啊，凡你向作客旅之弟兄所行的都是忠心的。6 他們在教會面前證明了你的愛；你若配得過 神，幫助他們往前行，這就好了。7 因他們是為主的名出外，對於外邦人一無所取。8 所以我們應該接待這樣的人，叫我們與他們一同為真理做工。
5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
- Read the passage carefully as if John is writing specifically to me.
- What opportunity have I had recently to show someone hospitality? Or in some way help someone who is trying to do good? How did I respond to that opportunity? What do I notice about the motives and priorities behind my action (or non-action)?
- Think about some gifts I can offer to others (such as cooking, listening ear, words of encouragement.) Write them down and go through the list with God. Determine which gifts I am glad to share, and which ones I’m hesitant. Now think of a specific person who would be helped by my hospitality. Ask God what he would have me offer to this person. Be open to take this small step toward hospitality, and see how God may change my heart as I do it.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.