A Holy Kiss
“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.” (Romans 16:16, NASB)
Paul tells Christians how we are to greet one another – with a holy kiss. I do not see much of that going on. Yes, I see hugs and handshakes, pats on the arm, waves and some kisses on the cheek, but they seem incomplete and lacking in holiness. Holy means sacred or consecrated, dedicated to the service of God. I see worldly behavior in church lobbies and hallways that bears little resemblance to holiness. Often I see the “Judas’ Kiss” – a kiss of betrayal. Kisses followed by gossiping, backbiting, critical comments and judgmental chatter. Have we grown so accustomed to going through the motions and playing church, of honoring God and Jesus with our lips while we carry evil in our hearts? Have we lost sight of our Lord’s commandment to walk in love with others, to be encouraging and forgiving? Every holy kiss is cancelled out by backbiting, gossip and rude behavior pulling out of the church parking lot.
We must hold our relationships with fellow Christians as sacred, to be fiercely guarded and protected. We must realize we all come to church broken, hurting and in some kind of pain. We’re all on a journey growing in righteousness and spiritual maturity. I realize as I write these words, that I have failed many times to follow Paul’s simple instructions. I was often so busy “doing church” as a former Director of Operations, that I failed to acknowledge fellow members as I passed them in the hallways, much less give them in a holy kiss. I now repent for my actions and commit to a higher standard of holy fellowship.
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to speak to you about your behavior. Commit today to be Christ-like and walk in holiness with a loving servant leader’s heart. When you meet a fellow Christian in God’s tabernacle, greet them with a holy kiss.
Lord, thank You for Your Word. Your Word is Living Word that convicts and instructs as it shines a light of truth in a dark world. Teach me to be Christ-like, especially with fellow Christians. Give me a clean and pure heart that I may greet all with a holy kiss. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.