The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.
The spiritual gift that causes the receiver to joyfully welcome and receive guests and those in need of fellowship, food, lodging or care.
People with this gift are usually: friendly, gracious, inviting, trusting, caring, responsive, warm.
Cautions for people with this gift: viewing their gift of hospitality as just “entertaining”; remembering to ask God whom to befriend and serve.
Biblical references: Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23a, Luke 10:38
Adapted from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts and used here with permission. Copyright © 2011 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written by Valora K Starr. www.womenoftheelca.org/filebin/pdf/resources/SpiritualGifts.pdf