Hospitality and Giving

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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

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Posted in 1 Peter, New Testament

Joy Unspeakable

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

For the first Sunday of this New Year (2016), we looked at the first fruit of the Spirit love. For this Sunday, we take time to examine the second fruit Joy.

1 Peter 18-9 (Holman) You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And

though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with

inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal

of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

For many, this is the favorite Bible verse about joy. The King James Version translates the key phrase as ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

The Hebrew root word for joy means to shine, to be bright. A believers duty is not only to love God and others, but also to shine. Woebegone Christians hurt Jesus cause. Even when gloom completely surrounds a believers life, unbelievers should be able to see in the midst of the murkiness a glow emanating from us.

Joy, along with love, is to be an omnipresent virtue in our lives. The Bible tells us to rejoice in persecution (Matthew 511-12), when dishonored (Acts 541), in afflictions and poverty (II Corinthians 74 82), in material loss (Hebrews 1034), in fiery trials (I Peter 16-7), in suffering (I Peter 413). To put it more succinctly, Paul commanded us to Rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 44).

Believers are to view even circumstances that norm