The way most letters in the New Testament end is very practical. The letters, by the way, are the books that follow the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and Acts. The letters were written by Paul and other leaders in the early church. And were literally what they say they were – letters.
The letters are generally concerned with some issue going on in that local church, or with teaching correct belief.
But nearly every letter ends with just some plain, practical advice for the people. Today, as we draw near to the end of the letter to the Hebrews, we see more of that.
Listen to the advice we are given today in chapter 13:1-3:
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
In short, we are told, be nice.
Today, in your life, just be nice. Be nice to people. Smile. Be kind. Don’t fuss. Be nice.
Lots of stuff can be hard. But sometimes the easiest thing to do can also be the most important thing.
Today, God may not be calling you to move to a far away country. He may not be calling you to enter the full-time ministry. He may not be calling you to teach or lead.
But, He calling each of us, you and me, to this simple, and true advice.
Show His love to others by being nice. In that, we show how important others are to God, and to us.
And, believe it or not, when we are nice to others, we actually feel better ourselves.
So, today, be nice.
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