“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Pet. 4:9
Slowly, I think we are losing the meaning of hospitality today. It is becoming more and more simply taking someone “out” to eat or providing a hotel room for a visitor. Our society continually emphasizes our need for space and privacy to escape our busy daily lives. Yes, this may be important, but it will only isolate us even more. As I have traveled and lived in many different countries and cultures, I have seen how important hospitality is to so many people. For many, it is not an option to turn away anyone no matter what the situation of need. They will offer food even if it is their last. Surely, one must stay and at least drink something. They say, “Please come and stay with me.” And they mean it!
Peter reminds us to offer hospitality without grumbling. Have you ever “grumbled” when someone unexpected showed up? In the New Testament, the Greek word translated as hospitality literally means "love of strangers." No, I won’t go into all the immigration issues of today, but do we have a “love of strangers”? We teach our children not to talk to “strangers,” but do we teach them to be hospitable to them and love them.
Pray that God will give you an opportunity today to show hospitality to a “stranger”. Don’t forget to do it out of love and not complaint.