Love Makes Good Impressions
Greet one another with a kiss of love.- 1 Peter 5.14
So far we're learning that aspects of love like patience, kindness and encouragement are not always easy but are crucial to a healthy relationship. Also important is the manner in which you daily greet your spouse (child).
You can tell a lot about the state of a couple's relationship from the way they greet one another. Their countenance will say it all... their expression, words they speak to each other and physical contact- all give it away.
The Bible has more to say about greetings than you might expect. Paul encouraged his readers to greet one another warmly when they met. Jesus noted in His Sermon on the Mount that even pagans speak kindly to people they like. But He took it a step further and said that being godly included being humble and gracious enough to address even your enemies with kindness.
So- the important question... How do you greet your friends, coworkers and neighbors? What about acquaintances an those you meet in public? If you answered nice and polite... doesn't your spouse (child) deserve the same? Times Ten??
You may not think about it when you wake up in the morning. The look on your face, the energy in your voice... but oh the difference it would make in your spouse's (child's) day if everything about you expressed the fact that you were really, really glad to see them.
When someone communicates that they are glad to see you your personal sense of self-worth increases. You feel more important and valued. That's because a good greeting sets the stage for positive and healthy interaction.
Think of the opportunities you have to greet your spouse (child.) It doesn't have to be bold or dramatic every time. But adding warmth and enthusiasm gives you the chance to touch your mate's heart in subtle, unspoken ways.
Remember, LOVE IS A CHOICE. So choose to love through your greeting!!
Think of a specific way you'd like to greet your spouse today. Do it with a smile and with enthusiasm. Then determine to change your greeting to reflect your love for them.