1 Peter 4:9
Hospitality and Giving
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
1 Peter 4:9 (Holman) Use hospitality one to another without complaining.
We are considering spiritual gifts, God-given abilities, sometimes called enrichments or enablements. The gift of hospitality makes people feel welcome, at ease, in any given situation. Hospitality, not confined to private homes, is a spirit, an attitude, an environment hospitable people carry with them.
We have it if we love to open our home, if guests are not a nuisance. This aspect of the gift is not measured by our housekeeping ability. The hospitable are more interested in people feeling at home than in being impressive.
It is no coincidence the word “hospitality” has the word “hospital” in it. The gift entails meeting people where they are, and ministering to their needs.
Not all have this gift, but all can be hospitable. Ours is the faith of the open door. Welcome people into our homes. Let our houses be instruments of kindness, God’s safe harbors for others. A selfish home cannot be pleasing to God.
A major reason the early church succeeded was her being nurtured in homes, not cathedrals; hospitality was vital because many Christians were banished and persecuted. As hunted and hounded refugees, aliens dispersed in a hostile world, believers were often desperate to find safe places. To receive them was a pu