Have you ever thought about our initial greetings to others as we meet them?

When we enter business meetings we normally hold out our hand and shake the hand or hands of the individuals involved in the meetings and say “nice to meet you”.

When we meet someone on the streets or just walking by them in passing we normally say “hello”. What about with family members? That is usually a hug and a “I love you” or a “hope you have a great week” or a “be careful”.

How about our brothers and sisters at church? That is usually a “good morning”- how are you today? Then what do you do with the people that you run across that if you ask them how they are, you better be ready to listen for the next 10 minutes about things going on in their lives, which in some cases they really need to talk to someone.

Let’s think about the responses; we normally respond to a greeting with a “I am fine” “good”, “great”, “living large”, “okay”, “wonderful”, “tremendous” – “thank you for asking”, “if I were any better I would be twins”.

These are all nice, kind, gentle responses that I think we use and we hear on a daily basis.

During my bible studies this past week I ran across a verse that I started thinking about.

I wondered how we would feel and respond to people whether they were friends, acquaintances, family, church members, or just people we meet on the street or in our everyday life.

In Jude verses 1-2 Jude says: “This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. May God, give you more and more mercy, peace and love”.

WOW! How do you think people would react to you and feel about you and how would you feel if we greeted each other with a “may God give you more and more mercy, peace and love”? I think some people may think you are a little weird but I believe over a period of time it would change a lot of peoples outlook on life in general!

Ronnie West