1 Peter 4:1-11 – October 8-9
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 4:1-11 – Living for God
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Being Hospitable | Rebecca Hoyt
1 Peter 4:7-9
My Bible says Peter includes hospitality in the ministry of spiritual gifts (4:9). Biblical hospitality ministers to givers as well as receivers. The Bible promotes hospitality that: shares with the poor (Prov. 31:20); does not seek reward or compensation in return (Matt. 6:1-4); puts people before things (Matt. 10:42); shares all possessions (Acts 2:44); offers freedom and forgiveness (Roman. 8:2); seeks to serve others (1Pet. 4:8-9); and does not complain (1Pet. 4:10).
Biblical hospitality is opening one’s home and heart to others in Jesus’ name. It includes sharing what a woman has and who she is with whoever God sends her way.
Dear Father, I’m so thankful for You sending Christian women into my life by them opening their homes and hearts to me. I pray that I can show hospitality to others. Please help me serve You, others, and my family without grumbling.
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