Posted: Thursday, September 13
2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Verse of the day:
Greet one another with a holy kiss. (2 Corinthians 13:12)
Why does the Apostle Paul tell the churches in Corinth, Rome and Thessalonica to greet one another with a holy kiss? Peter does the same when he wrote in his letter to greet one another with a kiss of love (1 Peter 5:14). What does this mean and how does this apply to us today?
In my upbringing in American culture I was never taught to kiss another person. Even in my own family we did not greet one another with a kiss. When I went to the mission field of Mexico I was required to learn how to give a kiss on the cheek when greeting. It became a normal everyday thing. In Spain, I learned to give two kisses.
In Biblical times in Hebrew and Greek culture that was the thing to do. Paul and Peter communicated to greet one another with a holy kiss. It was culturally correct to kiss but Christians were to make it holy. What makes a kiss holy? It is to be set apart and sanctified. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). The kiss is to genuinely express love for the other person in a holy way.
What does this mean for us today? Show Christ like holy love to one another. Show sincere and pure love to the people when you greet them. Depending on your cultural background this could mean a handshake, high five, fist bump, salute, bow, hat tipping, hug or a holy kiss. Whatever it is, express your genuine love for one another.