Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday

Xenial is not exactly a common word.  Yet, we expect each other to be xenial on a daily basis.

The Merriem-Webster dictionary says,

Xenial (adj.) of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest

I first encountered the word xenial in elementary school when I read Lemony Snicket’s The Slippery Slope. He writes,

“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”

No matter which definition you prefer, I think you would agree that reading and applying God’s Word will make you more xenial.  The following ten verses are a good place to start.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Xenial

1. Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for adversity.

2. I Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

3. Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

There is a friend

4. Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

5. Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

6. Proverbs  27:17

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

7. Proverbs 12:26

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

8. I Samuel 18:3

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

9. Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10.24

10. I Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.


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