“May GOD the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you Grace and Peace.” – Titus 1:4 NLT
What a tremendous greeting! Think how different the world might be if we greeted everyone, all the time, with those words. “Peace be with you” is a recurring statement in the New Testament, from Jesus and His disciples as they greet each other. I wonder why we lost this…. Now, we barely acknowledge each other with a nod or mumbled “How’re you” or “Hey,” and a response of “Fine. You?” or a “Hey” in return. Very generic, and it lets us slid by without any real inaction. I loved to walk down the corridors when I was working, smiling and speaking to everyone I could, and responding with a “Fabulous!” whenever anyone offered even an insincere “How are you.” It was such fun, even though some people had a real problem with it! Maybe, as Christians, we should begin greeting everyone as Paul did in his letters to the different congregations. How’s that sound to you?
“Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may GOD the Father and the LORD Jesus Christ give you Love with Faithfulness. May GOD’s Grace be eternally upon all who love our LORD Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 6:23-24 NLT