Loving others 4
'Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.' 1 Peter 4:9 NIV
The Bible says, 'Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling' (1 Peter 4:9 NIV). It basically means making people feel 'at home' wherever they are. Hospitality does seem easier for some people than others, but it is not as difficult as we sometimes think it is. It's not about having loads of money or a home of our own; it's not about being a super-sociable person; it's not about making fancy, Instagram-worthy dinners. It may just mean stepping out of our comfort zone or being creative with how we care for others.
Serving is a great way to love people. When Jesus washed the disciples' feet, he took them by surprise. 'When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you' (John 13:12-15 NIV). Jesus was the Son of God, but took the position of a servant by washing their feet. His humility gives us a clear example to follow - as he served others, so should we.
So what now? This week, make someone a cup of tea at work, or buy them a coffee or invite them for a meal - just make them feel welcome and loved by being servant-hearted like Jesus.
Soulfood: Titus 1-3, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 88:1-9a, Pro 11:24-26