1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily. 4 Marriage is to be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. 5 Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. 6 Therefore, we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? — Hebrews 13:1-6
Breaking News Flash
by David Shelley
Breaking News Flash: “Group of citizens are known for love, hospitality, kindness to the suffering, strong marriages and contentment with their possessions. Details at 11:00.”
Can you imagine a news headline like that? Probably not. Some might even call it “fake news.” Most of the time, headlines are about people doing bad things. For some reason, that sells papers and gets TV ratings. But what if we—followers of Christ—lived out Hebrews 13:1-6 to the point that we were newsworthy?
Imagine the contrast. Instead of the rising tide of crudeness, hatred and political division in the nightly news, what if the media was filled with stories about our brotherly love and hospitality to strangers? Instead of always reporting on crime and corruption, the news couldn’t stop reporting on our merciful ministries to inmates and those who are at the bottom of the barrel? What if there were so many examples of long-lasting healthy marriages that the news reported the divorce rates are plummeting? Instead of welfare programs ballooning our national debt, what if they were no longer needed because of the generosity of believers? Could such a thing be true, or would it just be more “fake news”?
I suppose the answer to that question depends on you…and on me. None of those characteristics in Hebrews 13:1-6 are beyond us. We can all make the changes in our lives that the author of Hebrews requests. So what is going to be?
- Is there someone in your path that needs a little brotherly love and hospitality?
- Do you need to remind your spouse or children how much they mean to you today?
- Do you really need that expensive thing you can’t stop looking at on your phone? Could it be that you could use that money for something eternal instead?
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