Hello and good afternoon to you. How are you? I hope you are well. I have been listening to a lot of Joyce Meyer audio sermons on You Tube to try and help myself get stronger in my faith. Hearing her strong messages of “YOU CAN” instead of “YOU CAN’T” has been helping me fight some internal battles. I decided as part of helping myself was to get into the word myself. One of my favorite books is Matthew. In particular this passage that talks about how to treat people you don’t know:
Matthew 25:31-40New International Version
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
“I was a stranger and you invited me in” in the English T system equals 359 – (yes, no, may be all senses in a no existence)
When I am reading this, I began to think of my moving from Texas here to Idaho. I have been the stranger. I like this verse about this too:
Hebrews 13 NIV
13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
I’m curious to see what this comes out to in the numbers:
“Lord” in the English Ordinal system equals 49
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” in the English Ordinal system equals 1419
Sometimes it’s hard to feel like anything more than a stranger when you move to a completely new location and don’t know anyone. I am hoping eventually my feeling like a stranger in my neighborhood will pass and I will get to know my neighbors.