In Paul’s first letter to the believers at Thessalonica he writes,
“May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).
This is something I want Christ to do in my life and in our church, that we would keep growing and abounding in love. So where to start? Maybe you’ve never thought about this, but there is a key, ongoing opportunity to show love when we first see one another. You can tell right away what someone thinks by how he greets you. Facial expressions, words, and attitudes all express whether someone is glad to see you or not. And if we are not glad to see someone, what does that reveal? It reveals that our focus is on ourselves, that we are not loving the way the Lord loves us and wants us to love one another. And then the blessing (of encouragement, of joy, of relationship) that the Lord wants to give to us is forfeited.
This is why over and over in the New Testament you will find the command, Greet one another. Simple yet significant. So start by thanking the Lord for His love that keeps reaching out to you. Remember that you must be filled with His Spirit to experience the fruit of love, joy, and kindness that is necessary for everything you do, including greeting one another. Ask God for His help to overcome your shyness, your distraction, your self-absorption, or whatever is hindering you from reaching out to greet others in love, so that you might have the same attitude toward others that He does. I’m excited to see how the Lord will bless us as we do!