How can a home bring peace to a neighborhood? To date, we have seen that this is a God idea for us to care about this, pray for it, and work toward it. We find peace in our homes, by forgiving each other. From there we may build relationships in the neighborhood, with love by listening. Now we look at the essential ingredients of help and hospitality.
“Always be eager to practice hospitality.” Romans 12:6-13
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2
Hospitality – bringing someone who was “far” to be “near”, hosting someone in your home so that you may cause one who had been a stranger to you, to become a friend. (the word includes “stranger – friend”).
“Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:9-10
“Cheerfully” – our attitude is important.
We must receiving healing from past rejections. We must not rely on past achievements.
How? 1. Recipes 2. People List 3. Schedule It 4. Start Simple 5. Pray
Reminder: “love God with all, love your neighbor as yourself,” Good Neighbor – compassion, courage, creativity, commitment, cash & credit
1 Corinthians 12:28 “helps” means to take up a task with.
See a need, meet it, look for who is meeting it and partner with them.
This can be done by shoveling snow, garbage clean up, graffiti cleaning, working on a car, plumbing, childcare, taking meals to a neighbor.
Choose to live life with a priority on being ready to help others. Budget your time, energy, and money so that you can walk slow enough to see what’s going on and be available for conversations.