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01/06/2014

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The Importance Of The Greeting


"Greet every saint in Jesus Christ. The brethren who are with me greet you" (Phil.4:21).

If you have been on the planet for 50 or more years, you probably remember that it was customary to greet just about everyone you came in contact with... Even strangers... I guess I'm still "old school" because I have maintained the habit, even though Jane thinks I'm a bit strange... As the apostle Paul ends this wonderful letter to the church at Philippi, he makes sure that he has stamped it with the special "greeting" that we find in today's verse. Paul obviously thought that the simple act of greeting could serve as an important function. "Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ....." (Rom.16:3)... "Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, host to me and the whole church, greets you..." (Rom.16:21-23). Just what are the benefits of greeting one another? First, I would suggest that greetings express our love and appreciation for one another. Greeting one another frequently, either in person or by note or email, nourishes the relationship we have as brethren in Christ. Note in today's verse that Paul doesn't play favorites... "Greet every saint in Christ..." By failing to greet one another sincerely, we may reveal something about ourselves that we might not want revealed.... It may show that we are not as sincere or sensitive as a Christian is supposed to be. It may mean that we care about some with a greater passion that we do about others... "Greet every saint in Jesus Christ..." I am not suggesting that you go up to everyone and greet them like a long lost relative, but a smile or a brief nod shows a bit about our character... After Paul greeted the Philippians, he ended his letter this way; "Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love".... Its a good way to end a letter, and a good way for me to end this devotional too...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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