1 Peter 4:9 1 minutes to read

1 Peter 4:9

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Loving as Peter pointed out in the previous verse will sometimes require us to stretch our love muscles. Here loving is played out in the word “hospitality”. In today’s world that might be associated with inviting a friend over for dinner or to stay the night. However, in the ancient world, hospitality meant something much riskier.

In the time Peter was writing to these exiles believers were being uprooted from their homes due to persecution of their faith. Just as they had to flee to a foreign land so others would follow. Hospitality was the act of receiving such a believer in their time of need. Hospitality was shown to strangers… now that’s risky business… yet it’s what these very people needed when they were searching for a safe place to catch their breath and get reoriented.

Reflection

What would hospitality to a stranger look like in the modern world? Who can you show hospitality to today?

Prayer

God, help me to keep my eyes open for strangers who need my hospitality.