“Keep On Loving” – Hebrews 13:1-2

Hebrews 13:1-2

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

People are looking for genuine love in a world that doesn’t know how to give them that. The world we live in teaches us that we should focus on our own happiness, on our own favor, and on our own fame. This leads to a disingenuous love that never has the ability or power to make anyone feel true love. The world’s love has a mindset of “give to get” that will lead people to desperation, despair, and distress. This type of love will leave people lonely, hopeless, and unfulfilled. Broken love is all this world is able to offer.

The good news is that Jesus’s love for us is one that we can not even fully fathom. Jesus gave himself for you and me. He gave His life, so we can have life and have life more abundantly. Jesus did this so you and I are able to have salvation, life, value, purpose, and so much more because we are His. There has never been another love like this and will never be another like the love that Jesus has for you and me. The love of Jesus allows us to wholeheartedly love others.

God is love. God’s people should also be love. The people of God should always show unconditional love to every image-bearer that God has created. That is our duty and calling to love others to Jesus. To love people to the one that has the ability to love perfectly. People need this love. You need this love. I need this love. Always remember to love strangers, no matter where you might be in the world. I have always found verse two to truly be intriguing. I believe we are being challenged to make sure we always love, because we never know who the person really is that we are trying to show God’s love to. Press on. Love without law. Love with grace.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
  • Where do you come into contact with strangers during your week? 
  • What are some ways that you can show hospitality to them? 
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Student and Young Adult Pastor

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