PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
The Lost GreetingsRod Shimabukuro
"The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. If anyone does not love the Lord--a curse be on him. Come, O Lord! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen." (1 Corinthians 16:19-24)
The scripture describes the holy kiss as the primary expression of the love, forgiveness and unity which should exist among Christians. It is a clear identification of one believer to another. In many respects people in today's culture and outside the church, perhaps hyperaware of all the inappropriate uses of physical contact, have lost the willingness and ability to express affection bodily. By giving up our willingness to touch and be touched, we have lost the opportunity to show our care, the source of healing and comfort and sensitivity. It is a part of the love of Jesus that we find it in ourselves simply touch - even if it means a handshake.
I'm committed to sharing the love of Jesus with the expression of hugging (or even a handshake). It starts with God's church and spread outwards to everywhere church members travel. We are all about hugs. Wherever we go in this world, we all need to show the love of Jesus, and what better way to identify with Jesus then with a hug (or the touch of a handshake). Showing the world the love of Jesus by being an example, spreading His affection to everyone.
Lord I pray to keep Your love in my heart and spreading the Gospel example of "greeting everyone warmly in the Lord," with a simple hug. One that identifies me with You. Lord. Thank you for loving me so that I can share that same love to those around me. In Christ Name I Pray, Amen.