HOSPITALITY - A SPIRITUAL GIFT

3 John 1-14

Saturday, 28 November 2020


“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

“… do not imitate what is evil but what is good.” -3 John 4 & 11


The Word of God insists and encourages us to walk in truth. Walking in truth, means walking with Christ. Those who walk with Christ produce the fruit of Spirit. John the Apostle encourages the believers to continue being hospitable.

The epistles, 2John & 3John give a different view of hospitality. In 2John, the apostle forbids entertaining and offering hospitality to false teachers and those who deviate from the truth. 3John admonishes the church in not giving hospitality to faithful servants of God. John got the message that some travelling missionaries endorsed by him were not accommodated by certain churches. So this epistle was written in order to remind them of this and to appreciate Gaius’ hospitality and his good works.

Gaius’ example of hospitality is a good example to follow. Let us examine certain Scriptures that tell us how to treat servants of God:

  • We should show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9).

  • We should receive them in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints and assist them in whatever help they need (Romans 16:2).

  • We must devote ourselves to the ministry of the saints (1Cor 16:15).