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S [Scripture]= "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." (Romans 12:13)
O [Observation]= Chapter 12 of Romans is part of a section titled by Scofield "Christian Life and Service for the Glory of God". Verse 13 is part of a section (verses 9-16) titled "The Christian and those within God's family." This verse lists two things that believers need to do:
1) Distribute to the necessity of saints;
2) Give themselves to the ministry of hospitality.
Two cross-references are given for "distributing to the necessity of saints":
"But to do good and to share forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Hebrews 13:16)
"Use hospitality one to another without grudging." (1 Peter 4:9)
So, sharing what we have with others -- both by way of hospitality, and sharing in myriad other ways -- is a ministry we're to be involved in.
A [Application]= I'm thankful that God has given both my husband and me [especially my husband] "open hands". We've always been very willing to share what we have with others -- not just our home, but even items like cars -- with others. It hasn't always been easy, but it's been, in general, our heart attitude. I must admit that in years past there were a few times when my hospitality was somewhat grudging. Thankfully, the Lord has helped me grow much in this area since then.
P [Prayer]= "Lord, I am so thankful for Your Word and its clear teaching concerning how You want Your people to conduct themselves. I thank You for the many opportunities You give us to be involved in the lives of other believers. I pray that You will continue to give my husband and me open eyes to see needs -- and open hearts and hands to help meet those needs. I praise You so much for the opportunities to minister to people -- and thank You for all You are doing in hearts and lives. In Jesus' name, Amen."
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