Are You Hospitable?

In Peter’s first Epistle, chapter 4, he tells us that God wants us to prepare ourselves for the end-of-times coming disaster. He explains that everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so we should take anything for granted. Most of all, we should love each other as if our life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.

Peter tells us to be hospitable to one another without grumbling: Love will show itself in hospitality. Christians should often open their homes to others and do it all without grumbling.

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“Without grumbling’ is a frank recognition that the practice of hospitality could become costly, burdensome, and irritating. The Greek term denotes muttering or low speaking as a sign of displeasure. It depicts a spirit that is the opposite of cheerfulness.”1

1 Peter 4:9 very simply says to be hospitable without complaint. This command is rooted in the attitude of God toward us.

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1 Peter 4:9 – Be hospitable to one another without complaint. (NASB)

Be courteous, kind, and gracious.  Use good manners and clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).  Of the three great gifts (faith, hope, and love), love is the greatest (1 Corinthians 13:13) and a characteristic of love described in the “love chapter,” in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 is that it is not rude.

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  1. David Edmond Hiebert, 1 Peter, (River North, Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1992), pg. 272

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