1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Hospitality is often defined as the display of thoughtfulness to strangers and guests. But having guests over the dinner is only part of the hospitality - the easy part. The more challenging aspect of hospitality happens after the door shuts when the visitors leave: Can our family treat each other with the same attention and respect that is reserved for special visitors?
We are often more kind to strangers and friends than we are to the members of our family. The "outsiders" get the best part of us, while the people in our own household get the worse part of us. There's an old saying that goes, "Familarity breeds contempt," but it doesn't have to be true just because it is old.
Here is another old saying:"I command you to love each other" (John 15:17) When Jesus said these words, He didn't exclude those with whom we share a bathroom and a refrigerator.