Top 7 Bible Verses About Welcoming Other People

Top 7 Bible Verses About Welcoming Other People June 16, 2015

Our God is a welcoming God. He welcomes anyone and everyone who believes on Jesus into His family. While He lived on earth, Jesus always welcomed anyone into His presence or to wherever He was preaching at the time.

With Jesus as our example, we should never be shy about welcoming others. Whether it’s welcoming friends into our home, visitors into our church, or just saying hello to a stranger on the street, as Christians we should display the welcoming attitude of God.

To help you study this welcoming attitude of God, here are seven Bible verses to get you started:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 

This verse epitomizes God’s welcoming attitude. This reminder was written to the early church. It went against their culture to welcome people different from themselves (Greeks, slaves, etc.) – just like in today’s world, there are some people we might find it hard to welcome based on our cultural expectations. But if someone is a believer in Christ, they are the same as we are, and should be welcomed.

“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” Matthew 5:46-48 

This verse is about welcoming everyone, not just fellow Christians. This does not contradict the previous example, though – if anything, it takes the welcoming concept to the next logical step. It’s easy to welcome those like us (other Christians), but what about those who are so different that they’re not even believers? Welcoming those who have nothing in common with us should be one of the distinguishing marks of Christians.

“When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.” Luke 9:11 

If we’re to follow Jesus’ example, then we should be as welcoming as He is here. Not only did He treat the crowds with kindness by welcoming them, He did something for them – He told them about the Kingdom and He healed them. Being welcoming is more than just saying hello – it’s finding ways to bless people.

“When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.” Acts 15:4 

Here is another good illustration of Christians welcoming other Christians. In this case, “they” are Paul, Barnabas, and others traveling to Jerusalem on a mission for the newly-birthed church. This passage reminds us to be not just welcoming in general, but to welcome and serve workers in the church. Whether it’s a missionary, an elder, or the groundskeeper, anyone who works for the church should always be welcomed by other church workers and fellow believers.

“And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6 

Peace – this is one of the simplest, easiest ways to ensure that you always have a welcoming attitude. Focus on peace – in your heart, your home, and in the words you say – and everyone around you will feel welcome.

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 

Bible verses about welcoming others

If any verse serves as a blatant reminder about Jesus’ welcoming nature, this one is it. Jesus died for us so that we could be welcomed, sinless and reborn, into the presence of God. Dare we exclude or ignore others for our own petty reasons when Jesus sacrificed himself to make us welcome?

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36 

This is probably one of the most well-known verses about welcoming others. It speaks specifically to those who might initially be hard to welcome – the poor, the sick, or anyone who we consider “different.” But our kindness is not only a reflection on Christianity as a whole, but it’s a direct reflection on how we think about Jesus.

Conclusion 

There are many more verses about welcoming other people – after all, the entire Bible is the story of how God has welcomed all of humanity. So the next time you find yourself wanting to exclude others for a selfish reason – or wanting to reach out but not sure how to do it – start with these seven verses. Now go make someone feel welcome today!

Article by Grace Robinson


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  • SoCalBohpGal

    1 Corinthians chapter 5 tells us to expel from our lives, to NOT associate with or even feed those who take certain actions in life, especially those who reject Christ/God’s word.

    There are many other places in the Bible that tell Christians the same. There’s a difference between ignorance of the word & rejection of the word of God; being willing to die for God and being an aggressor; allowing God’s will to lead our lives and using a god’s words to wage war; defense and offense.
    The Bible says to essentially keep those from our lives, don’t feed, etc. those who are evil, those who reject God’s word, Christ, those who lie, are drunkards, etc. are to be shunned, kept out, not fed.
    The Bible teaches separatism between those who follow his word and those who choose not to follow God’s word/Christ’s word.
    I.e. – those who choose to be evil, choose to not follow Christ’s teachings, liars, drunkards, etc. aren’t to be welcomed or fed by Christians.

    Those who think it is “UnChristian” to turn away Muslim refugees need to read their Bible! It’s not even a question, as Christ is talked about in the Qu’ran as being a prophet, yet the Qu’ran states it is OK to lie, that those who aren’t believers in that religion are to be killed and followers of the Qu’ran are to do the killing, thus as per the Bible, those who believe in the Qu’ran are to be shunned, not “fed at our table”, etc.
    SO, it is Christian to NOT take in Muslim refugees.

    • Gordon Mackley

      Please reread 1 Corinthians 5 it does not say anything like what you have said. It is about an incident involving a fellow Christian inside the church. From beginning to end the Bible teaches loving your neighbour (defined by Jesus as a hated enemy in the Parable of the Good Samaritan and elsewhere). Christianity is about trying to live out a life of love as exemplified by Jesus not specially ostracising any group of people because they are different.. Matthew 5 is quoted above, “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” Matthew 5:46-48

    • Melissa

      Letting Muslim refugees into our country allows them to enter a new life where the gospel can be introduced to them. Create friendships, and lead a friend to Christ. Our Mission field is out here on the grounds that we are found on by the Grace of God. Be a blessing in a person’s life, not a burden.

      • SoCalBohpGal

        It’s also a door to let in terrorists that really kill Americans, try to stage coups, as we are seeing now & especially since the 1979 invasion, in which we deported a couple million or so so-called “Refugees”!
        If you’d like to minister to Refugees, which I’d a noble cause, do so from the safety of your own home oine, by phone, or take responsibility for some Refugees you can take care of in your own home! Sponsor a family yourself!! OR you can mi oster in a safe zone, once one is set up!

        Do NOT force others to take a part in being forced to pay for & tolerate people coming to the US (or any other country for that matter), and expect everyone to have to pay for their bills, only to be terrorized by them, or the trend now is the 1st & 2nd generation of kids born here, from their 1979 Refugee mess, as that’s exactly what their ideology tells them to do (their idepgy is tied into their ” religion” now, unlike ever before!
        These people at the top driving this migration think they have a shot at taking over large cou troes, and with their unconventional warfare, financial, emotional, cultural, terrorism, violence, non-violent use of our laws to get progressives to go along with their name-calling, getting people to turn on their own country by controlling the media, etc. may just work if people don’t wake up!
        You might do FAR better going to our prisons where these people are signing naive people up with hope of the virgins for dying while killing “infidels” and so on.

        Check out the former CIA gal I’m Australia who goes over the Islamic State plans that they found during a raid. I think it’s called someolike the infiltration of ISIS in the White House or something like that on YouTube. There’s FAR more information out there, but that’s a very good place to start, as it is hjr plans of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has set up agencies, used hostility to get infrastructure jobs in big cities (water, electricity, sewrt, etc., and they’re going after positions in our government & other governments world-wide as well.
        Learn what Islam is all about BEFORE you take anything like this on?
        There’s a reason Islam is banned in countries that are mostly Muslims!

      • SoCalBohpGal

        You can go over to a safe zone & teach them there. Although they’re killing us Christians over there in many places right now.
        This is a war… Not about religion.
        They might want you to think it is about religion, it is absolutely not! It is about control, money, power.
        These people are taught from birth to “Kill the infadel”, to ” Kill America”, “Kill Jews”
        Have you ever seen their children’s programming? Their equivalent of Sesame Street tells preschoolers how to best behead people, how to stab people & where so to be sure they’ll die.
        These are people that have been indoctrinated very young. You’re not going to get them to “under” & “unhear” the garbage these people have around these kids from birth. This is much like trying to deprogram cult members, only a lot more dangerous. There are some right here in the US exposing their children to the same.
        If you haven’t seen the programs, check out YouTube, LiveLeak & some of the middle eastern apps if you speak the language. This stuff is really sick, yet is a reality. You aren’t likely to convert anyone, and may get yourself killed trying to do so.
        In the mean time, I’m not willing to expose children to this. We need to protect our children, young adults.
        The things that go on there no child should see. The wars simply make it worse.

  • jerseyboy62

    None of the verses above speak to the idea or even imply that everyone in any state of sin may receive Holy Communion. That message is a false compassion and a false idea of mercy. All are INVITED yes, but in fact, when Christ tells the apostles to go out to the highways and biways to invite all they meet to the Groom’s wedding banquet, the man “undressed for the feast” is tossed out “with wailing and gnashing of teeth”. The theological expression “undressed” means that he was not prepared spiritually to come to the feast. The passage is hopeful, but also intentionally cautionary. The false idea of “all are welcome” in the sense that there is no need to come prepared to be changed by Christ demand for what true love consists of (agape–sacrificial love, in which we are ready to cast away our old lifestyle of sin and personal false ideas of what we want to believe about God), is NOT scriptural, and, in fact, flies in the face of Christ’s actual teaching in the Gospel. Christ calls us to LOVE. In the Gospel of John and letters of John, LOVE is equated with OBEDIENCE to God’s law. (I’m not going to do your scripture research for you, read it for yourself, but consider 1 Jn 6-9; 1 Jn 2:3-11; the symbolism in the race to the tomb and love bowing to authority in Jn 20; Christ’s words to the woman whom he forgives who was to be stoned by the pharisees: “…But from now on, go and sin no more”, etc.). Jesus loves us too much to allow us to continue as we are, wallowing in the misery of our own way, our own lifestyle, our own convenient universe of sin, and defining God how we want to define him instead of seeing God as he has revealed himself to us in the Scriptures in the haze of the Old Testament, and the clarity of the New, most especially in the Gospel. “All are welcome” is spiritual laziness and feeds the convenience of a lack of desire to turn from sin to the type of love to which God actually calls us–and demands.