Avoid Stingy Hospitality

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Daily Reading: Isaiah 10:1-11:16, 2 Cor. 12:11-21, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 23:6-8

Daily Verse: “Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies,” Prov. 23:6

Avoid stingy hospitality.

People who grudgingly show hospitality towards others make the evening unpleasant. Instead of wanting you to enjoy their offerings, they feel resentment.

“Look how much they’re eating! Save some for someone else,” a friend told me years ago at a social gathering at her home. “They don’t even appreciate the hard work I did preparing it.”  Not saying a word, I walked away; understanding words would do no good.

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7

God doesn’t want us to give grudgingly but with a cheerful heart. If entertaining people irritate you, then don’t entertain them. And don’t eat the bread of someone who has a stingy heart.

Everything we have comes from the Lord and will perish one day. Hold things loosely, and share God’s blessings freely with others. Extending hospitality willingly to others glorifies our Maker and shines light into a dark world.

Lord, forgive us for stingy hearts. Give us opportunities to share Your blessings with others freely and with cheerful hearts. Help us shine Your light into the world around us, one act of love at a time. IJNIP. Amen

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