Let love for your fellow believers continue {and} be a fixed practice with you [never let it fail]. Do not forget {or} neglect {or} refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood–being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it – Hebrews 13:1-2 (Amplified Bible).

God’s Word gives us an important admonition to show love to all men, especially our brothers and sisters in the Faith, including the strangers amongst them. Some people don’t treat strangers right. Once they don’t know you, they don’t care about you, and wouldn’t want to help. The Scripture, however, says we shouldn’t be forgetful to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels unawares.

Several times in scriptures, angels appeared as normal human beings, dressed in regular clothes, like everyday people. For example, the Bible says three men appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18:2. One of them was the Lord, while the other two were angels. When the two angels went into Sodom and Gomorrah, the men of those cities saw them as ordinary men because they were just like anybody else. Also, in the New Testament, you find appearances of angels in human form, and today we still have such appearances.

Angels have the authority to appear in a glorified form or in a concealed manner, looking like ordinary people. This is why you must be kind to strangers. Don’t hesitate to help strangers and treat them as well as you would if you knew them. This will boost your spiritual alertness to know the time of your visitation.

The three men that appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18:2 were actually coming to see him but they needed his invitation into his home. Don’t miss the time of your visitation by being forgetful, negligent and unwelcoming to strangers. God may just have come to you through them. That man you left in the cold could be God’s messenger to you; bearing that message you’ve been waiting to receive from the Lord. Be helpful to strangers without naivety.

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Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the important truth unveiled to my spirit today from your Word! Your love in my heart causes me to extend hospitality to strangers and fellow believers in Christ, being friendly, cordial, and gracious towards them, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Further Study: Matthew 25:34-35

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