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Scriptural Encouragement

Before unwelcome relations arrive

by Theodore Wright.

Feeling unwelcome by family is uncomfortable and certainly it is not pleasant to be disliked by your own of whom you expect to be loved. Still, if you are willing to admit it, you should realize that people can become irritating without even being aware of it due to their own behavior they are not acute to. Yet, is such the way for believers in Jesus over what may be accounted as trivial matters?

My mother and father used to find this prayer humorous, reading this to each other and our aunt and uncle. No, my family members were not discourteous with each other. The contest would be among them to be able to read and/or hear this prayer without laughing. They did find it difficult not to laugh.


This prayer is by Walter L. Cook…

O Lord, they will be driving into the yard any minute. There is no welcome for them in my heart. The conversation sill drag and there will be awkward silences. Why is it that those who are closest to us in kinship are often farthest from us in spirit, those we should know best are most difficult to understand?

Forgive me, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. If at first I cannot be cordial, at least may I be courteous. While the visit lasts I pray that I may show no evidence of boredom or irritation. Give me a hospitable heart and teach me that I should be gracious and responsive. Help me to find some common ground with my visitors upon which friendship and companionship may be established. Amen.

Is this the way you truly wish for you and your home? …

“Be sure you wipe your feet first before you go.”

Matthew 10:12-15 says…

“And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.”



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