Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
I love verse two. The first verse is good too but I just love, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Some have entertained angels unaware.
We never know when we are entertaining angels–when we are offering hospitality to someone who is beyond this world. I once read that anyone “differently abled” is really an angel in disguise. The are visiting this world to find out if we are doing what we are supposed to do.
And, if you think about it, it really isn’t hard. We seem to have lost our manners, which is the simplest way of expressing love. My kids laugh at me when I tell them that my high school boyfriend used to open doors for me all the time. There was just something in Dear Abby about some women who get offended when a man holds a door open for them. I remember when we addressed our elders as either Mr. and Mrs. or Sir and Ma’m. Now days, so many of our youth just assume that they can address adults by their first names. Adults go along with this because they don’t want to admit that they’ve become their parents.
I remember the day I became 16ish when one of my parents’ friends said to me, “You are a teenager now, you may call me Jim.” It was such an honor to finally be recognized as reaching a milestone in my maturity. My children won’t have that milestone because all of my friends insist on being called by their first names.
A little more brotherly love cannot do anything but help this world. Manners are love made manifest. And by showing kindness and manners, we are entertaining angels unawares.