The table is an unassuming unifier. The table draws us together. And when we are together with no distractions we are more prone to cut to the quick and be vulnerable with one another.
There’s many more ways to love your neighbors well. However you choose to get to know your neighbors is a great way! The ways I listed are just a couple of ideas to get you excited about being intentional. The challenge and reminder is to actually know your neighbors. Love them. Show hospitality to your neighbors. After all, Scripture commands it.
We know the perfect example of love is Christ. We also know that God made each of us uniquely. Each of us is wired differently, but how we show and receive love can broadly be painted into 5 categories. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman lists those as: quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, gifts, and acts of service. So, based off of these 5 categories, let’s find a practical action step to show hospitality to those we love during the month of February.
As a nation we have let our differences become a negative connotation. We want people to look and act like us. I think we too often praise the idea of diversity and neglect to be a part of diversity. Our differences are what make us incredible though! Our different life experiences create opportunities to encourage and love others in unique ways!! We ought to extend hospitality to everyone we meet. We need to learn from each other. Ask questions. Get to know those who look or act different than what is familiar to us. For those of us who have, we can assure you that you walk away changed for the better. None of us have everything perfect. We are all imperfect people trying to love others well. But as we, Believers in Jesus, link arms and extend hospitality to whoever God places in our path, we will see God move in mighty ways! You or I may never have the impact that Martin Luther King, Jr. has had, but as we practice hospitality, we can still make a difference and be one step closer to unity.