13 comments on “Continue in Love

  1. Don – on the back of the previous chapters and your words, today’s piece has “got me” down deep. This context malarkey and the slice and dice division that so often goes with bible verses …

    Made me realise – Jesus “did stuff” we may not want to (or be able to) emulate – yet we surely extract the juice to influence our own thoughts and behaviours, so too this “personal letter” to a specific group in a specific place at a specific time.

    I find myself extracting the juice rather than worrying about “doing the same” with every sentence an action and recommendation – and in so doing, it is influencing my own thoughts and behaviours.

    • Excellent, that’s it entirely. Jesus, those people in Rome, the author of the letter: They all “sis” but they also all had different abilities, gifts and opportunities, so what they “did” wasn’t always the same deeds, yet what they all “did” contributed to the same end.

      We “do”. But like those others, we don’t all have the same abilities, gifts or opportunities, so what we “do” may not be the same deeds, but they all contribute to the same end.

      Slice, dice, juice; did, deed, do: whatever we may call it, the end is love, share disciple faithful.

  2. Thanks for this, Don. I appreciate your consideration that our call to hospitality doesn’t necessarily mean opening our doors to those who might harm us – and, yes, this will vary from person to person. I have a circle of blog friends who are Christians and who are parents of addicts. One of the biggest struggles they each faced was deciding when to shut their door to their (adult) addict child. Sometimes the greatest love involves saying “come in” and sometimes it means letting go. Anyway, I will be sharing this with that group for sure. God bless.

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  4. Thank you for putting more clarity and “common sense” application to the phrase “showing hospitality to strangers”. Some seem to get confused by that concept. Always we need to use common sense in order to avoid putting our families or ourselves in danger. I appreciate your writings Don. Your words are a blessing.

  5. 3 John 5 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; 6 and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
    Supporting those brothers and strangers who, for the sake of the Name, go out taking nothing from the gentiles (remaining not yoked together with unbelievers) is something we ought to do. It may be that we will receive strangers bearing letters from brothers we trust (for me, the writers of the books of the New Covenant). If they are not compromised by yokes with gentiles (501c3 included), show a special level of hospitality.

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