The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
—1 Peter 4:7-11
by: Lisa Moore.
Peter’s instructions—be of sound judgment, be watchful in prayer, fervently love one another, be hospitable without complaining, serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God because of grace received—are not just good reading. They are foundational for godly fellowship. Service can only be accomplished by the strength which God supplies. How often do we act upon our feelings, complain, and love and serve only our friends? Godly fellowship suffers when we treat these admonitions as optional. We cannot assent to God’s Word only mentally. We must live it “so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (v.11).