LAB 146 How to Be More Hospitable
1 Peter 4:9
Shared January 16th, 2017
Some notes from the LATB. Meaning of Hospitality. Love for 'strangers' that welcomes them in - strangers (Matthew 25:35) being those outside your household. There are endless of possibilities for what 'strangers' may need: shelter, company, practical needs. 2 Cor 9:7; give your heart, soul, mind, money to serve, willingly, not grumbling. NT Christianity responds from the heart. How do we sinners do that? 1 Peter 2:20-21. Christ suffered for you, leaving an example. 1 Peter 3:9, rewards as an incentive, also 1 Peter 5:1-2. Hebrews 13:2, there may be a blessing that you are not aware of. Luke 14:13. We are a pilgrim people. Study Questions 1. Would friends classify you as a hospitable person? What makes you hospitable? What prevents you from it? I don't think so. I think what has prevented it is not thinking about it. It's helpful (as this LATB does) to pause and consider this scripture and what is meant by hospitality, and notice the promises/rewards. Just like the adverb ' earnestly ' gently reminds us to be sincere in our love for one another, this is a reminder to be genuinely loving in our welcome to strangers - do it willingly/cheerfully ... really! This is a helpful reminder for me. 2. Would friends classify you as a grumbling person? What makes you grumble most? Why do you grumble? I don't think so. 3. Read 1 Peter 4:9 . When you don’t want to be hospitable, does this verse tell you to just suck it up and do it? No. As discussed in the LAB, the rest of the letter builds a fuller perspective, that in showing hospitality and bearing the associated 'costs'/inconveniences, we look at Christ's example (1 Peter 2:20-21), and we consider the rewards and blessings (1 Peter 3:9). And so we show hospitality willingly.
1 Peter 4:8-9
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
since q love covers a multitude of sins.
r Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.