Read: Hebrews 13:1-16 and Psalm 40:1-8
Our passage opens with three things we should always do: Let brotherly love continue, show hospitality to strangers, and remember the prisoners as if chained with them. These are important things to remember.
Brothers have a tendency to fight with each other. They argue, they punch, they call names. There is friction and turmoil. But brothers also stand up for each other. While they may call each other names, they won’t allow others to do so. Brothers show us that it is possible to love someone, even when we dislike them. Sometimes we can dislike someone at church, but we still have to love them. But instead of going around gossiping about them and tearing them down, we have to build them up. Instead of being passive-aggressive and refusing to work through our problems with others, we should go to them and get it worked out. The Bible gives us a pattern for conflict resolution. We should follow it.
We should also show hospitality to others. It is easy to do this for people whom we know and love. It is more difficult to do it for newcomers. As we open the doors of the church to the community, we should also open the doors of our homes. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. We should show others what it is like to live in the Kingdom. The best way to do this is at home. The best way to gain someone’s trust is at home.
Finally, we should remember those who are in bondage. This means those who are in prison for one reason or another, but also those who are in bondage to other things. Addictions, bad jobs, bank loans... the list is long. We get ourselves into situations that sometimes we cannot get out of without some help.
How does this speak to you? Write your own prayer.