Our scripture this morning is 1 Peter 4:7-10.
 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.  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.
Peter tells us “the end of all things is near”, a reminder that no one but the Father knows the time of Christ’s return (Acts 1:7). That is why we must always be ready for His coming. The saying goes “we’re not the planning committee, we’re the welcoming committee.”
As part of our welcoming duties we are called to love one another. The best way to be ready for Jesus to come for us is to share His love freely and abundantly. Peter writes “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” By caring for each other we offer God’s love to the world.
Each of us is gifted by the Lord with skills and knowledge that help to build up His people and bring them together as part of His kingdom. We read “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others”, a reminder that our gifts are intended to make the world a better place. God wants us to spread the Gospel, that all may know His love.
Gracious God, we are sorry for the times we have failed to love each other as Jesus taught us. Forgive us and send us to let everyone know of Your mercy and love. Amen.