Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A hospitable challenge

I saw this and it hit me. I want to be this person. When we were on honeymoon, the lovely people who leant us their holiday house, also gave us bags of groceriess, fresh veg from their massive garden, and a painting by a local artist as a wedding gift.

That was the second time we'd met them.

Such huge colossal generosity. I could see the love of God through it. It touched me, hit me, unconditional, without motive. Just love.

I wanted to know what translation this uses, but I can't find it.

1 Peter 4:9 (NRSV)

9Be hospitable to one another without complaining
1 Peter 4:9 (New International Version)

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:9 (Amplified Bible)

Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
1 Peter 4:9 (Contemporary English Version)

Welcome people into your home and don't grumble about it.
1 Peter 4:9 (New Living Translation)

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

So here's my challenge to you. Want to join me in finding ways to be hospitable, because well, it's the thing to do?

And how can I be hospitable to you?
1 Peter 4:9 (The Message)

Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully.
1 Peter 4:9 (New Century Version)

Open your homes to each other, without complaining.

Posted via email from Alex Tarling

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