Hugs and Kisses to All

12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 1 Peter 5:12-14

Peter closed this book with a standard set of greetings, much like we would do in letters to friends and family. It’s as if he was saying, “Hugs and kisses to all.” Then he ends with a prayer for peace. While it seems standard, praying for peace over someone’s life is never standard. Think of the turmoil in your own life, the busyness, the hectic pace sometimes, the chaotic relationships you are sometimes in. If we’re not careful, life will beat down on us hard and steal the joy of Christ.

Maintaining the peace of Christ in ourlives is not a trivial matter. Praying the peace of Christ over someone’s life will encourage them greatly because only they know the turmoil they’re going through.

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