"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:8-10
Love. Hospitality. Service. Those words seem to naturally come together. After reading this passage in 1 Peter 4, I started thinking about all of my relationships...the ones with my family and close friends, the ones with my fellowship family at church, even the ones with my casual friends that I only see once in awhile. I asked myself these questions: "Am I really loving others deeply?" "Am I hospitable to everyone I come in contact with, and do I do it without grumbling?" "Am I using my gifts to serve others or am I serving myself?"
Today, God has challenged me to reevaluate my relationships with everyone in my life. He has challenged me to move beyond the shallow banks of friendship to the deep waters of true friendship. God has shown me what it means to "love deeply" and to "offer hospitality to one another" and "to serve others" in the form of His Son, Jesus. Jesus loved everyone deeply (to the point of sacrificial death), even those who hated Him. Even as Master and Lord, He came to serve, not to be served (washing the disciples feet). His hospitality could be felt, whether it was a crowd of 5,000 on mountain or a single woman at a well. I wonder today if we can actually take the example Jesus lived out loud and apply it to our daily lives? Can we love deeply? Can we offer hospitality to one another without grumbling? Can we use our gifts to serve other rather than serving ourselves? And if we embrace this principle in our lives, how would it change the world? How would it change us (Christ followers)?