In the Proverbs 31 “Virtuous Woman” verses (10-31) we witness several examples of hospitality.
If we limit our thinking of hospitality to serving strangers, we are only recognizing a fraction of what it means to be hospitable. One definition of the word is to be friendly and welcoming of strangers and guests. However, the second part of the definition is an environment that is pleasant and favorable for living in.
Hospitable to Her Husband (Proverbs 31:11,12)
She has created and fostered and environment where her husband feels safe, cared for, and happy. He has complete trust in her, and therefore can relax in her presence.
Hospitable to Her Household (Proverbs 31:14,15)
She provides good, choice foods for her household (husband, children) and this includes her servants. She is caring for all of them, making anyone who is in her household feel welcomed and valued.
Hospitable to the Less Fortunate (Proverbs 31:20)
Whether they are needy in spirit, health, or wealth… she extends her arms out to them. The wording implies that she seeks them out by stretching out her arms or reaching out her hands. She doesn’t wait until they show up on her door step and ask for her help, but instead she seeks these people out.
Hospitable with Her Words (Proverbs 31:26)
The Proverbs 31 woman speaks with wisdom AND kindness. She is not boastful or cold, but those who know her welcome what she has to say because of her reputation.
A virtuous woman knows the value of being hospitable not only to the people who she meets in the community or in her church, but foremost to her own family. She creates a safe landing place for her husband and children to retreat to. She has built a reputation and a home that has an open door to those who are in need. It is a foundation in her life that begins within the walls of her own house and then extends out into the community from there.