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The Believer's Responsibility - Romans 12:10-13

The Believer’s Responsibility - Romans 12:10-13 


As believers, we have a God given responsibility in the area of hospitality. In two places we find the phrase "given to hospitality" (Romans 12:13; 1 Timothy 3:2). The passage in 1 Timothy speaks of the qualifications of a bishop, but the passage in Romans identifies hospitality as a responsibility for all believers. We should be "given to hospitality." In Titus 1:8, we find that a bishop must be "a lover of hospitality." Just as with the command to be "given to hospitality," it is God’s will that every believer be "a lover of hospitality." It ought to be our joy and our purpose to spend time with others, desiring to strengthen or encourage them in some area of need.


  • (For smaller children) Elisha passed through Shunem often and was urged by a godly woman to eat with her and her husband as he passed through. She also saw the need for Elisha to have a place to stay and they made him a room of his own in the house (2 Kings 4:8-10).
  • What does it mean to be "given to hospitality"? How would this effect your daily walk with the Lord and your dealings with other people?
  • Why is it important for a pastor or a bishop to be "given to" and "a lover of hospitality"? Why would it also be helpful to have other believers within a congregation who are hospitable?


  • Ask the Lord to show you the importance of hospitality.
  • Ask God to help you to become more hospitable.


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