Sacred suffering (1 Peter 4:9)

Last week, Peter briefly stopped talking about suffering and trials in order to built in our hearts and minds the idea of community. Because when we suffer, it is better to do so as a community. When God created the universe and the earth back in Genesis, He proclaimed everything to be “good.” But when He created man, he said it was “very good.” But it wasn’t good for man to be alone. That’s why He created a helper for Adam. Community is very important.

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

We are to love each other and serve each other, and we don’t pat ourselves on the back because this is simply an act of obedience that God expects us to do.

1. You can give without loving but you can never love without giving. If you want a blessing you better give a blessing. If you want a smile then give a smile. We will never be able to outgive the grace of God. The very nature of God is generosity. Generosity isn’t just something we’re supposed to do, but who we’re supposed to be. Verse 9 was intended to teach people the concept of love.

2. Hospitality is not just something we do, it’s who we are to become as followers of Christ. The context is that we love each other (in the church), and it isn’t just a matter of following the law. People will naturally want to give to the kingdom of God. It’s the best investment you can make. Where our treasure is is also where our heart is. If we complain about using hospitality, then we’re doing it only because we have to and not out of love.

In the church of Acts, they shared what they had and gave to those who had need.

3. Biblical hospitality requires four things:

  1. Humility
  2. Unity
  3. Generosity
  4. Simplicity

We are concerned for each other and consumed with the glory of God. When you miss church you should miss church because this is your family. You will never be like God until you love what God loves.

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