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1 Peter 5:12-14
12 Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
Peter finishes his letter reminding his readers to stand firm in the true grace of God. The grace that wasn't merited, but bought with the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God! It raises us up to realize who we are in Jesus Christ. We stand firm, because we know that we are redeemed and our future with Christ is sure! There is nothing we are going to face that is going to shake us from our faith and our hope.
One final thought is Peter ending as he usually does by reminding them to stay unified. He says, "Greet one another with a kiss of love". Once, I had a parishioner who loved to make us laugh uncomfortably by approaching us and saying, "Greet each other with a holy kiss!" That seems so out of place today in American culture, but the early believers were family and the kiss was a sign of love and respect. A disciple would kiss his rabbi on the cheek. Jesus valued it. Although that may not be our custom today, we are reminded to greet each other well and with big hearts. Never should we attempt to walk around people as to avoid showing respect and care for them. We approach those whom God has brought together and share the common love and peace we have in Jesus.
Peace be with you, Covenant Fellowship, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pray for God to help you love deeper and show it to your fellow believers in a real and tangible way.