Hebrews 13:1–6 (NKJV)
The writer of Hebrews begins chapter thirteen with some final instructions regarding the conduct of believers. As with most Pauline letters, the author takes the opportunity to give several thoughts relating to how Christians should behave as lights in a dark world.
1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. 3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.Hebrews 13:1-3
Brotherly love is the root of all types of positive behavior. Out of a heart of love, one can entertain strangers out of compassion. This act is especially interesting, as the writer suggests that sometimes the people in need that cross our paths may actually be messengers of the Lord (angels) that we do not recognize. This emphasizes the need to always care for others, whether we know them or not. He also instructs believers to visit those in prison, being wholly sympathetic to their plight. To help and comfort the mistreated is part of body ministry, since we are all part of the same body of Christ.
4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:
“The LORD is my helper;Hebrews 13:4-6
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
The author moves to a brief admonition about the marriage relationship, stating that marriage is truly honorable, and the physical relationship between a husband and wife is not evil or lude, but completely undefiled. The converse is true as well relating to fornication and adultery. Those type of physical relationships will be judged as sinful and unrighteous. He then lifts of covetousness as unseemly for believers, offering contentment as the proper Christian response to one’s own financial situation and happiness for the blessed as another appropriate response. He finishes up this part of the chapter with a promise that the Lord will never leave or forsake His people. He is a faithful God, never ignoring or forgetting the needs of Christians everywhere, caring for them without fail. Therefore, we can truly say, “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” The faith-filled, faithful Christian can always be at peace knowing that God is on his or her side. Believe in Him and be whole.
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