Read: Hebrews 13:1-6
When US airspace was closed after the September 11, 2001 attacks, planes had to land at the closest airport available. Almost 40 planes landed in Gander, Newfoundland. Suddenly that small Canadian community almost doubled in size when thousands of frightened passengers arrived. People opened their homes, and officials converted high schools, churches, lodges, and meeting halls into places of accommodation. Stranded passengers were stunned with neighbourly generosity and kindness.
The people of Gander showed the kind of love described in Heb. 13:2, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” This is probably referring to Abraham when he entertained three men who came to tell him that he would soon have a son (Gen. 18:1-16). Two of the “men” were angels, and one was the Angel of the Lord. Bible commentator F. F. Bruce says about Abraham, “Among the Jews, Abraham was regarded as outstanding for his hospitality as [he was] for his other virtues; a true son of Abraham must be hospitable too.”
God calls believers to show their love and gratefulness for Him in their good works of hospitality and compassion. In James 2:14-26, James has to say much about the importance of works alongside faith so as to show the genuineness of faith. He says, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? … Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:15-17). Christlike love is seen in good works.