Hospitality

Belief that matter is substance is very noticeable in the average expression of hospitality, but it is presented in a truer light by Peter, who counseled, "Use hospitality one to another without grudging." Another apostle, in advising as to the appointment of an elder or bishop, recommended that such be "a lover of hospitality." By the same writer the phrase "given to hospitality" is one of a series, among which are such favorites as "rejoicing in hope," "patient in tribulation," and "continuing instant in prayer."

The student of Christian Science finds it impossible to evade the injunction, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," which also applies to the exercise of the virtue of hospitality, for as the individual consciousness becomes spiritualized the outward manifestation is changed. Ostentation, extravagance, pretense, give way to the simple sharing of what we have as occasion presents itself. As the writer was pondering the true meaning of hospitality one day, error began to whisper that here is a virtue inseparable from the possession of individual wealth, hence a virtue to be exercise by the few and not by all, which would imply that God is a respecter of persons.

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