by Steve Wagers

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Southern Hospitality Cannot Compare to Christian Hospitality! (9 of 10)
Series: How To Get Along With The Family!
Steve N. Wagers
I Peter 4:8-10

1. William Penn once said:
"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow-being, let me do it now, and not defer, or neglect it. I shall not pass this way again!"

2. John Boyle O'Reilly penned the words:

"What is real Good?"
I asked in musing mood.

Order, said the court;
Knowledge, said the school;
Truth, said the wise man;
Pleasure, said the fool.

Love, said a maiden;
Beauty, said the page;
Freedom, said the dreamer;
Home, said the sage.

Fame, said the soldier;
Equity, said the seer;
Spake my heart full sadly,
'The answer is not here.'

Then within my bosom
Softly this I heard;
'Each heart holds the secret;'
Kindness is the word!" 1

3. The South has always been known for its hospitality. It is a trademark characteristic once looks to find as they cross the Ohio River. Such acts as holding a chair, or opening a door for a lady; saying 'Please', or 'Thank You,' 'Yes Sir,' or 'No, Ma'am;' writing a note of appreciation; observing good table manners; allowing someone to enter a door ahead of you; saying something nice about a person when you introduce them; not contradicting someone telling a story; or, holding a lady's coat are acts of chilvary for which the South is known.

4. Yet, these are not matters which should not be exclusively known in the South. These acts of hospitality should be common-place among the people of God in the house of God. Sadly enough, many churches remind me of the man who took his dog to the veterninarian, and asked him to cut off his dog's tail. The vet said, "I don't normally like to do that. Why do you want his tail cut off?" The man replied, "Because my mother-in-law is coming to visit, and I don't want anything in the house to suggest that she is welcome!"

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