Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. [1Peter 5:14 NET]
There is something intimate about a kiss or even a hug. I remember the first time a guy hugged me at a Christian businessmen's meeting. It was unprovoked and somewhat unwelcome. Yet I think it was the beginning of a breakdown of barriers. The stoic part of me was always more comfortable shaking hands.
Perhaps this idea of a loving kiss is best expressed in our culture by a loving embrace. A hug. I can see embraces like this all over the gospels. The healing touch of Jesus greatly abounded in his ministry. Likewise in our lives, healing and peace can also flow when we embrace each other in love.
Open our eyes Lord to those who are hurting and in need of a hug.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.