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1 Peter 4:9
9 Use hospitality [philoxenos] one to another [eis][allelon] without [aneu] grudging [goggusmos]. KJV-Interlinear
9 Be hospitable to one another
Hospitable means to be
kind, courteous, polite, social and so forth, with family, friends, acquaintances
and even with strangers.
But this hospitality is
not limited to chance meetings or greetings, it is intended to be the attitude
displayed to everyone all of the time.In other words, your demeanor day in and day out, everyday, throughout
No good days and no bad
days.No being nice only when you feel
like it.And the tough one, being nice,
even when others are not nice to you, or when others do not perform up to your
Children for example,
can be a trying experience.Who picks up
after them?Who reminds them?Who gets after them day in and day out?The mom (mostly), or both parents, naturally.
But as this is a learning
and training experience for the kids, even if they do not realize it, it is
also a trying or testing experience, established by God, for parents.
Have you ever known of
the perfect child?No.And you cannot expect them to be perfect.So letting loose with a stream of comments or
complaints is a failure to some extent, of the hospitality concept.However, reminding and issuing orders to
clean up after themselves is perfectly legitimate.
As for friends and
strangers.Do not treat any with one set
of rules, and another group with another set of rules.Your personality while away from home, should
be the same as it is when you are, at home.
Have you ever yelled at
your spouse, and then answered the phone with the sweetest of voices?Ladies??
Ok, if I had a guy example
I would certainly list it.But can t
think of one at the moment!!!But as
most students are pretty bright, you ll certainly think of better examples than
Hospitable covers a
wide range of behavior.
From not talking too
loud, not dominating a conversation, not interrupting, the various forms of
courtesy, to a others first, me last attitude.If you think of yourself as your very own
receptionist, representing yourself, with others being your paying guests,
deserving the very best of service and courtesy, then you will have a behavior
that conforms with this principle.
Life is tough, and
being nice when under pressure is often difficult.We are all flawed and none of us are perfect,
but with doctrine in our souls, then this personality behavior guideline can
become much easier than you think.
Slip occasionally?Of course, but just confess (privately to God
the Father) and re-gather yourself, and move on.
Remember, you are
preparing yourself for your final review before Christ, which matters more than
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