“Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
Greet one another
“Greet” carries the idea of welcoming or salute. When we greet others, we extend courtesy to them. In the first century, courtesy greetings were essential to honor other Christians. When we greet one another, we draw them to ourselves. We welcome others into our lives. Romans 16 uses this term 21 times.
Five epistles close with “greet one another with a kiss of love” (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians and 1 Peter).” Giving deference to other Christians was of great value in the early church.
Peter commands Christians to make a point of expressing love to each other to give them respect.
Do you make a point to express love to other Christians? Respect is foundational to love. Love is foundational to respect.